[The] summer study task force to examine the current school board selection process in Baltimore County . . . was formed after legislators received numerous complaints from parents and community groups regarding BCPS and their poor handling of issues such as botched school renovations, major overcrowding in schools, AIM, and banning PTA craft fairs and community groups from public schools.She supports a hybrid board, but seems afraid that the task force will ignore public testimony and go off in a different direction. I share her fear.
I have been involved in these issues over the past four years, and my frustration has reached a boiling point. Each time a problem arises, the BCPS administrators at Greenwood deny the problem, and then the board ignores it. Our only recourse has been to complain to our elected leaders to intervene on our behalf. Why? Because our lawmakers represent us, and our school board does not.Over the past four years, the appointed board has rubber stamped every decision and priority of the superintendent – when in reality the superintendent works for the board.
When a calm, polite, team-playing PTA president like Julie Sugar reaches her "boiling point" . . .
. . . you know that something is deeply wrong with the recent performance of the BCPS school board. From her recent editorial on the Sun website: