Monthly Archives: March 2015

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.

ACTION ITEM:
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.
_____________________________________
To:
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.
YOUR NAME:
YOUR HOME ADDRESS AND ZIP CODE:

YOUR AREA HIGH SCHOOL :
YOUR PHONE NUMBER:

_____________________________________

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:
http://www.livestream.com/bcpslivetv/video?clipId=pla_5b27d004-32d4-4b52-a03d-c76e9836a9a8

Delegate Steve Lafferty wants to hear from you!!

Steve_Lafferty_News
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:
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=billpage&tab=subject3&id=hb0407&stab=01&ys=2015RS