Kelley Wants Referendum on School Board Selection

State Sen. Delores Kelley could offer an amendment that calls for a straw poll in the 2014 election.

State Sen. Delores Kelley wants a referendum on how members of the Baltimore County Board of Education are selected.

The Randallstown Democrat is expected to offer an amendment calling for a straw poll in the 2014 election.

"Very few people (in Baltimore County) know it's an issue here," Kelley said during a county Senate delegation hearing last week on a bill sponsored by Sen. Bobby Zirkin. [Watch the video for Kelley's full comments.]

This is the seventh year Zirkin has sponsored a bill seeking to change the current appointed board to some form of elected school board. Last year, his bill was passed by the Senate but missed a final vote in the House of Delegates by perhaps minutes as the clock struck midnight on the 90-day session.

The county's eight senators are expected to vote on the bill late Thursday. Last year, the same senators voted 5-3 to support the bill.

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Jean Suda February 08, 2013 at 09:36 PM
"Curiouser and curiouser", said Alice as the cheshire cat grinned.
Robert Frisch February 09, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Yes, good people do make bad decisions but that does not mean they should go unpunished, which may occur at the polls come the next election.
Karl February 09, 2013 at 02:14 AM
I'm not denying that. But lets not sink to a personal vendetta. She's not the only entrenched politician who has managed to stay in office way too long, despite his/her growing incompetance; Schaefer comes quickly to mind. I'd like to get rid of Kelley and all the others. However, they all cling together and scratch each other's backs. Incumbency is a powerful advantage.
AllStar February 12, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Karl, how do you know Senator Kelley is a good person?
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