BCPS High School Schedules-Legislative Update & Action

For Supporters of Hereford Works and BCPS High Schools that lost their schedules:
As you may know, members of Hereford Works, Dulaney PTA members, legislators and others are actively lobbying both the Maryland State Senate and House of Delegates for the passage of legislation in response to the recent schedule changes. As a result of these efforts, there are pending bills in both houses to require the Baltimore County School Board to hold public hearings and vote after an independent review of the Superintendent’s scheduling decision for Hereford HS and all high schools in Baltimore County

SUCCESS # 1 – the Senate Baltimore County Delegation has voted IN FAVOR of Senate Bill 123!!! Now it remains in the Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee.

SUCCESS # 2 - Legislation was cross-filed in the House as House Bill 0407 by Delegate Susan Aumann and others.

SUCCESS # 3 – Delegate Steve Lafferty, Chair of House Baltimore County Delegation arranged for testimony from legislators, parents, and Dulaney PTA member. Next step is for Delegate Steve Lafferty to call for House Delegation vote.

1. TODAY – Please email the Legislators. Just copy and paste the below into the body of your email. Then cut email addresses and paste in “ TO: “ and hit SEND.
joan.carter.conway@senate.state.md.us; paul.pinsky@senate.state.md.us; stephen.lafferty@house.state.md.us; susan.aumann@house.state.md.us; jim.brochin@senate.state.md.us;

Dear Senator Joan Carter Conway, Chair of Senate Education, Health, Environmental Affairs

I am a concerned citizen in Baltimore County. Recent High School schedule changes have dramatically impacted students’ education without input by teachers, faculty, parents, or students. Senate Bill 123 seeks to remedy this situation by requiring the Baltimore County Board of Education to reconsider the adverse scheduling decisions and hold public hearings to seek input from parents, teachers, students and citizens like me. I support SB 123, as amended, and ask that this bill move out of committee and hope you will support it. Thank you.

Dear Delegate Steve Lafferty, Chair House Baltimore County Delegation,

Please support House Bill 0407 and call for a vote to approve it. Thank you.



2. TODAY – call, fax , or write Legislators
a. Chairwoman Senator Joan Carter Conway 410-841-3145 FAX: 410-841-3135
b. Co-Chair Senator Paul Pinsky 301-858-3155 FAX: 301-858-3144
c. Chair Delegate Steve Lafferty 410-841-3487 FAX: 410-841-3501

Listen to Mr. Larry Schmidt verbalize his disdain for the Hereford community!

Please take the time to watch at least a portion of this video from last week’s BOE meeting. At approximately 1:20:00 mark you will see and hear Dr. Dance give his spin on how the schedule change was left up to the Principal at each high school (as if they had options) and then OUR district representative Mr. Larry Schmidt verbalize his disdain for our community. This rant is in response to Senate bill 123, introduced by Senators Brochin and Jennings which would require any and all schedule changes be reviewed and approved by the BOE, with a look back period of 4 years. PLEASE mark your calendars and plan on attending the BOE meeting on 3/17/15 at 6:30pm and let Mr. Schmidt know that we don’t appreciate his comments or his behavior. As you know, you can arrive 15 minutes early and sign up to speak during public comments portion of the meeting.

This is a clear example of why the BOE is not working for stakeholders in BCPS… SHARE ON YOUR OWN TIMELINES TO SPREAD THE WORD!

TO ANY OTHER HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITES IN BALTIMORE COUNTY THAT ARE UNHAPPY WITH YOUR SCHEDULE CHANGE~ Mr. Schmidt says you don’t exist! If you are out there, get involved… attend the BOE meeting on 3/17/15 ~ 6:30pm and let him know you want the decision reviewed!

Click on this link to watch the video:

Delegate Steve Lafferty wants to hear from you!!

Baltimore County School Schedules
The Baltimore County House Delegation held a hearing on a bill that would require the state legislature to be involved in plans to change school schedules. The frustration with the failure of the Superintendent, Dr. Dance, to fully address the concerns of Hereford HS parents lead to this unusual proposal. Amendments were offered to place the responsibility on the School Board instead of the legislature. It is not clear how high schools other than Hereford have been impacted by the schedule changes, but there is a lack of trust that lead to this effort. The County House delegation will vote on the bill in the next week or two.

If you have any observations about schedule changes in other high schools, such as Towson, Carver, Loch Raven or Dulaney, please share them with me at:    Stephen.Lafferty@house.state.md.us.

Thank You to Our Elected Officials!

We are so grateful for the support we have received from our elected officials~ 

Thanks to Senator Jim Brochin, Senator J.B. Jennings, Delegates Aumann, Impallaria, McDonough, Szeliga, and West for Co-sponsoring the legislation!
Senate Bill 0123 and House Bill 0407.

Thanks also to County Councilman Wade Kach for your continued support of education. 
Thanks also to Delegate Steve Lafferty, Chair of the Baltimore County delegation for allowing our panel the opportunity to speak and all the Delegates that listened intently and asked questions.

View the house bill here:

SB 123 voted in favor by a 5-2 vote for an amended version!

“Earlier tonight in Annapolis, the Baltimore County Senate Delegation voted in favor by a 5-2 vote for an amended version SB 123, Baltimore County – Public High Schools – Adoption of School Schedule.

This bill provides a check against any school schedule changes by the Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools. Additionally, the bill will require the Board of Education to review and vote on previous school changes, like that done at Hereford, Dulaney, Towson. The bill now awaits a vote from the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee. Thank you to everyone who helps this bill get past the first hurdle in the legislative process.

Delegate Susan Aumann is presenting cross-filed House Bill 0407 at House Ways and Means committee

Delegate Susan Aumann is presenting cross-filed House Bill 0407 at House Ways and Means committee Thursday and to House County Delegates on Friday morning.

Delegates  Impallaria, McDonough, Szeliga, and West  are co-sponsoring the bill.

House Ways and Means Committee,   Delegate Sheila Hixson, Chair
Delegate Anne R. Kaiser, Chair Education Sub-committee

Stakeholders can email their support for House Bill 0407 to   Susan.Aumann@house.state.md.us

AB Block Schedule at the Halfway Mark

AB Block Schedule at the Halfway Mark –
How’s It Going for Your Student?

Contributors: Jean Suda of ABCSchools and Hereford Works!

It may be news to parents whose firstborn students began their high school career this year, but last year there were eight BCPS high schools that used a 7-period master schedule to organize the classes taken by all students. This meant that each student registered for seven classes taught in the same sequence each day. Teachers were required to teach five periods a day.   Read More

Sign Petition to Support Senate Bill 123!

Return Local Control to BCPS High Schools by Providing a favorable report on Senate Bill 123

In 2013-2014 the BCPS Superintendent took away the ability of the High school community to decide their Master Class Schedule. The following BCPS High Schools were forced to change their Schedule:  Catonsville, Dulaney, Dundalk, Eastern Tech, Franklin, Hereford, Lansdowne, Loch Raven, Owings Mills, Patapsco, Perry Hall, Pikesville, Towson, and Woodlawn.  Hereford, Catonsville, and Patapsco lost their very successful 4×4 Semester Block Schedule, while Dulaney, Towson, Pikesville, Loch Raven and others lost their very successful 7 period-day Schedule.



Find Your Elected Official Here

To find your elected officials Link to this website and type in your address:


Senator Room Phone Email Address District
James Brochin 221 James 410-841-3648 jim.brochin@senate.state.md.us 42
Edward J. Kasemeyer 3 West Miller 410-841-3653 edward.kasemeyer@senate.state.md.us 12
Delores G. Kelley 302 James 410-841-3606 delores.kelley@senate.state.md.us 10
Kathleen Klausemeier 103 James 410-841-3620 katherine.klausmeier@senate.state.md.us 8
Shirley Nathan-Pullam 304 James 410-841-3612 shirley.nathan.pulliam@senate.state.md.us 44
Johnny Ray Salling 416 James 410-841-3587 JohnnyRay.Salling@senate.state.md.us 6
Bobby A. Zirkin 2 East Miller 410-841-3131 bobby.zirkin@senate.state.md.us 11