Hereford Works Granted Hearing for Temporary Injunction on Schedule Change!

UPDATE: Hereford Works has been granted a hearing for a temporary injunction on the schedule change! The hearing will take place on Monday, June 9th at 9:30 at the Baltimore County Circuit Courthouse. We will be reaching out over the next week via email and phone calls to the community to gather information for the case. Stay tuned for additional details.

We are looking forward to continued community support as we take our battle to the courts!

Grasmick, Education Experts Discuss Common Core, Charter Schools

Education reform measures from the Common Core standards to teacher evaluations have come under increasing criticism this year as the plans have started rolling out in classrooms.

Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance agreed that too much has been attempted at once.”I think there was a botched implementation,” he said, adding that his administration is providing more training and support that teachers have requested.

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Thur. May 15th: MD School Leaders Discuss Education Reform at Towson University

Thursday, May 15
MD School Leaders to Discuss Education Reform at Towson University

Click here to read article:  http://www.mdpolicy.org/research/detail/md-school-leaders-to-discuss-education-reform-in-towson

WHO:

  • S. Dallas Dance, Ph.D., Superintendent of Baltimore County Schools
  • Nancy S. Grasmick, Ph.D., former Superintendent of Maryland Schools
  • Jason Botel, founder of KIPP Baltimore; executive director of MarylandCAN
  • Nina Rees, president & CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
  • Lindsey Burke, Will Skillman Fellow in Education, Heritage Foundation

Mary Bubala, Anchor, WJZ-TV Ch. 13-Baltimore (Moderator)

WHAT: Forum on public education reform

Topics include: Common Core, universal pre-kindergarten, and charter schools.

WHEN: Thursday, May 15, 2014
6:00 Reception
7:00 Program

WHERE: Towson University
West Village Commons Ballroom
8000 York Road
Towson, Maryland 21252

Hereford Works Takes Fight To Court!

Press Release
Hereford Works, LLC- The Spence Firm

For those of you who have been following our journey, Hereford Works has now taken its fight to the court system of Baltimore County due to lack of response from the BCPS Board of Education members.

Last month, Hereford Works, concerned parents and students filed a 30-page Petition with the Baltimore County School Board to review an arbitrary, capricious and unlawful decision by Superintendent Dallas Dance changing the 22 year old 4×4 Semester Block Scheduling System. This decision was implemented based on flawed data, despite empirical studies showing it is a terrible mistake and with no teacher, student or parent input.

Because of the Board and Superintendent’s refusal to stay the decision and given that courses are currently being scheduled for next year, Hereford Works, parents and students, through their attorney, Adam M. Spence, have today filed a Complaint in the Circuit Court of Baltimore County to prevent irreparable harm to the academic success of HHS.

This Circuit Court Complaint seeks an emergency Temporary Restraining Order to prevent the implementation of the proposed scheduling change while review is pending.
The Complaint also seeks injunctive relief against the Maryland Board of Education under the Maryland Public Information Act to enjoin the School Board from continuing to withhold critical documents related to the proceedings.

The Complaint also seeks injunctive relief against the Baltimore County Board of Education under the Maryland Open Meeting Act to require the Board to adequately comply with that Act when entering into closed session to discuss this and other matters.

This case highlights how determined citizens can hold a big government agency ($1.4 billion budget) accountable when it disregards the rights of its stakeholders and citizens to further its own unstated and unjustifiable agenda.

In addition to Hereford Works representatives, Maryland State Senator James Brochin, Maryland State Delegate Wade Kach, who have been a supportive of our cause and attorney, Adam Spence with The Spence Firm will be available for interviews.

Contact Information:
Adam M. Spence, Esq., The Spence Firm 410-823-5003
Senator James Brochin 410-823-7087
Delegate Wade Kach 443-625-8026
Hereford Works:
Kathleen Causey 443-506-3584
Heather Matricciani 410-961-4335

Board of Education Meeting – We are getting close but still need your help!

CALL TO ACTION:

We need you to come to Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, April 22nd at 7pm @ Dundalk/Sollers Point High School. Located at 1901 Delvale Avenue, Baltimore 21222.

We have 3 State Senators and 5 State Delegates attending on our behalf and it is CRUCIAL that we are in attendance to show that we are still fighting for our schedule!

We are very close to a resolution and we have to stay strong and focused.

Thanks to Adam Spence, our HHS parent/attorney, we have filed a formal “petition to review” with the Board of Education.

BRING YOUR KIDS TO PARTICIPATE IN A GRASS ROOTS EFFORT TO AFFECT CHANGE IN THEIR LIVES!

This is important and will make an impact….We have received unprecedented support from County Council, State Delegation, and State Senators. We need to continue “showing up” to get our schedule back! We met with County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz, this past week and are hopeful he will advocate on our behalf . YOU WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE AT THIS EVENT! PLEASE JOIN US…

email cwittich@comcast.net so that we know how many will be there!~ or if you have any questions.

Hereford Parents Petition School Board About Schedule Change

By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun    5:41 p.m. EDT, April 14, 2014

Hereford High School parents aren’t giving up on their quest to keep their school’s current schedule, and they filed a legal petition Monday with the Baltimore County school board. Read article below.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/blog/bs-md-hereford-petition-20140414,0,4109228.story