School Board Bill Closer to Passage

House version of the bill now represents best chance for passage this year, according to Sen. Bobby Zirkin.

A bill that would change how members of the Baltimore County Board of Education are selected received preliminary approval Wednesday in the state Senate.

The Senate voted to amend the House version of the bill, which called for a fully elected school board, to conform to the . The Senate bill would create a board with six elected and five appointed members.

A preliminary vote on the Senate bill was delayed by Sen. Delores Kelley, who asked for more time in order to prepare amendments.

The Senate version of the bill and a final vote on the House version of the bill could come up for a preliminary vote later today.

Sen. Bobby Zirkin, of the sponsors of the Senate version, said the House bill now represents the best chance to change the school board this year.

The House would still need to approve the changes to its bill but Zirkin said that's might be easier to do in the last four days of the session than to push his version through the House.

The session is scheduled to end at midnight on April 9.

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

Paul Amirault April 06, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Sorry to be the fly in the cereal, my view is that we will have an elected board with many of those unqualified to balance a checkbook, let alone hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money. My position was appt by County Exec and confirmation by County Council. Too bad.
Laurie Taylor-Mitchell April 07, 2012 at 02:11 PM
The bill now in the House would create a hybrid school board, with 6 elected members and 5 appointed members. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is apparently working hard to convince the Chair of Ways and Means, Delegate Sheila Hixson (Montgomery County), to delay issuing a concurrence for House Bill 481, which will kill the bill because it cannot then get out of the committee for a vote. Committee Chairs traditionally defer to local leaders on bills related to their jurisdictions, and rightfully so. But Mr. Kamenetz does not represent the majority of his constituents with his fierce opposition to any kind of elected representation on the school board. A hybrid school board is supported by: The League of Women Voters The majority of the County Council The majority of the Baltimore County delegations in both the House and Senate, as well as in the Assembly as a whole, and there will still be 5 appointed board members. People should consider calling Chairwoman Hixson's office today, (410) 841-3469 (Saturday, 4/7, the legislature is in session), and leave messages at the County Executive's office, 410-887-2450 (the last day of session is Monday). We should not allow this maneuver by the Baltimore County Executive to ruin our chances of getting elected representation on the board. Mr. Kamenetz wants to maintain his power over vetting the appointments at the County level before they go on the Governor.
johnny towson April 07, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Kamentez does not care about his constituents. Kevin cares about Kevin. The snickering of legislators and representatives about his immaturity and pompous attitude is getting louder.
gigi margo April 07, 2012 at 10:41 PM
thanks for the comment Steve
gigi margo April 07, 2012 at 10:42 PM
did u ever get a job??


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »