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Petition Circulating Urging Legislators To Support Hybrid School Board

The petition was created in direct response to a letter from County Executive Kevin Kamenetz lobbying lawmakers to oppose the effort.

A letter to state lawmakers from County Executive Kevin Kamenetz lobbying against an elected school board has made one Timonium parent "incensed."

Sue Battle-McDonald, who has three children in the Baltimore County Public Schools system, started an online petition on Oct. 16, which was later posted on the Advocates for Baltimore County Public Schools Facebook page, encouraging legislators to support a hybrid board, where at least half of the members are elected.

"The county executive has been a significant obstacle," Battle-McDonald said.

As of 7:22 a.m. Wednesday, the petition had garnered 31 supporters.

"The intent with the petition was to show that there are more than just a few parents that care about issue," she said.

Battle-McDonald's personal issue with the school board occurred about four years ago, when she was part of a group of parents advocating for air conditioning at Ridgely Middle School.

"We really struggled to get a fair hearing," she said. "I just felt the [school board was] not really willing to hear us."

Earlier in the year, Kamenetz worked to contain a hybrid school board bill in the House Ways and Means Committee when legislators came minutes away form passing it.

After the letter, dated Aug. 4, was posted on Patch, State Senator Bobby Zirkin noted that it would be "disregarded."

 

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Glen October 25, 2012 at 06:42 PM
It is time for Mr. Kamenetz to give up on this issue and acknowledge the facts. The Baltimore County school system is something like the 25th largest in the country. It also consumes approximately 52% of our tax based county budget (that's our money!). It is ludicrous that the school board is appointed by the governor and is totally without accountability to the citizens of Baltimore County. There are several options. all of which would make the school board more accountable than it is now. I am not an officeholder, so I can urge everyone to support the on-line petition - just click on the link in the article to ABC Schools.

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