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Anne Arundel Delegates Vote To Support Elected School Board

After the delegation voted 9-3 to support the bill, it now heads to the Maryland House of Delegates' Ways and Means Committee for a hearing.

Anne Arundel County's delegates in Annapolis voted 9-3 Friday to support a bill that would add elected officials to the county school board.

The legislation, House Bill 367, calls for establishing a "hybrid" school board with a five-member majority elected by county residents for the first time. 

Currently, the nine-member Anne Arundel County Board of Education is one of four districts in the state whose positions are entirely appointed by the governor.

Sponsored by Del. Steve Schuh (R-District 31), House Bill 367 would maintain three governor-appointed seats and reserve one board position for a student member. 

House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-District 30) did not attend the voting Friday morning. Below is a breakdown of how the delegates voted.

For: 

  • Del. Pamela G. Beidle (D-District 32)
  • Del. Ronald A. George (R-District 30)
  • Del. Herbert H. McMillan (R-District 30)
  • Del. Steven R. Schuh (R-District 31)
  • Del. Cathleen M. Vitale (R-District 33A)
  • Del. Tony McConkey (R-District 33A)
  • Del. Robert A. Costa (R-District 33B)
  • Del. Don H. Dwyer Jr. (R-District 31)
  • Del. Nicholaus R. Kipke (R-District 31)

Opposed:

  • Del. Theodore J. Sophocleus (D-District 32)
  • Del. Mary Ann Love (D-District 32)
  • Del. Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk (D-District 21)

Absent:

  • Del. Michael E. Busch (D-District 30)
  • Del. Benjamin S. Barnes (D-District 21)
  • Del. Barbara A. Frush (D-District 21)

The bill now heads to the House of Delegates' Ways and Means Committee and, if passed, it will proceed to the full House for a vote.

steve anstett March 13, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Julie...thanks for the update. My note below: Delegate Kaiser I am a resident of Anne Arundel County and have been following progress on this bill. I believe the current method of Governor appointment for our county Board of Education minimizes my representation as a taxpayer in my county. I support the concept of the ‘Hybrid’ board and believe it to be a step forward. Please help by making sure this bill makes it out of the subcommittee and gets a chance before all Delegates! Sincerely Steve Anstett Severna Park
Steve Holcomb March 13, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Julie- My thanks as well. For what it is worth, I forwarded the link to this article to a number of political organizations in Anne Arundel County, both Democrat, Republican and even Green. Personally, I believe this is a bipartisan issue that everyone can support. If anyone has contacts with any community groups, please forward this information along and encourage them to email their delegates and senators,Speaker Busch, and Dels. Hixson and Kaiser ASAP!
Janet Norman March 14, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Please email michael.busch@house.state.md.us and anne.kaiser@house.state.md.us, to allow the Hybrid School Board proposal HB 367 to come to a vote in the House of Delegates. For too long has the School Board been unaccountable, please give AA County taxpayers the representation that is fairly ours.
Julie Dettor March 17, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Today, this very afternoon - Speaker Busch informed the House that NO LOCAL BILLS will move forward from Committees until he sees how people will vote on the Governor’s Budget Bill next week!! Thus HB367 & others, along with all 24 other county’s bills are being held hostage! That’s the update…we’re in a holding pattern…continued emails to Del. Kaiser and Speaker Busch…that’s all I can say at this point.
Steve Holcomb March 17, 2012 at 01:09 PM
In addition to contacting Speaker Busch and Delegate Kaiser, I urge everyone to keep the momentum going on this issue. Anytime you see an article in the local media having anything to do about the school board and one of its nonsensical policies, respond. Write a letter to the editor why we need an elected school board. If House Bill 367 fails this term, then we need to keep the public educated so there is a better chance next year.

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