County PTA Supports Partially-Elected School Board

Representatives from more than four dozen schools around the county vote to support changing how school board members are selected.

The organization that represents Parent Teacher Associations around the county voted Monday to support adding elected members to the Baltimore County Board of Education.

The Baltimore County PTA Council voted during a Monday night meeting at Loch Raven High School to support a hybrid elected-appointed school board, according to Yara Cheikh, president of the Hampton Elementary School PTA.

Jean Suda, a PTA member at Dulaney High, and  Julie Sugar, president of the Loch Raven High PTA, organized the resolution.

The final vote was not immediately available but Cheikh said schools from all over the county including Carney, Hampton, Hillcrest and Randallstown Elementary, Deer Park Middle, and Dulaney, Franklin, Loch Raven and Pikesville High Schools voted in favor of the resolution.

"There is no way this can be portrayed as anything other than a countywide movement now," Cheikh said.

The resolution does not support any specific bill but does support the creation of a board that has some elected members.

Sen. Bobby Zirkin and Del. Steve Lafferty are sponsoring identical bills that would create a partially elected-partially appointed school board.

The council is expected in the next few weeks to draft and send a letter to committees in Annapolis that are responsible for vetting the bill.

Paul Amirault February 12, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Perhaps I should have made it more clear. Some of us want that right, as of today, we do not have the right to elect school board members under current law.
Buck Harmon February 12, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Thank You Paul..)
Robert Frisch February 12, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Paul, There are some politicians that are denying you the right to choose because they either think the electorate are fools or incapable of making good selections for the school board. Ironic isn't it, they are saying you were smart enough to elect them but too stupid to vote for the school board. But the more disturbing truth is these politicians do not want to share power with the voters. It is the power of influence and patronage that they do not want to give up which is nothing more than a form of political corruption that must not be tolerated and needs to be stamped out. The voters need to remember this arrogance and do something about it in 2015.
Karl February 14, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Robert, you've said it better than I can. Before 1892 all the metropolitan counties elected their own school boards. Then Governor Frank Brown used his power to wrest school board votes away from the people and appointed board members himself. Now, we the people have only just begun to reclaim our democratic rights. It feels good.
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