Calvin Ball, Clarence Lam, and Courtney Watson Propose a Takeover of the HCPSS Board of Education
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The proposed Ho. Co. 10-23 bill, signed by the “Howard County State Delegation, Chair” (currently chaired by Senator Clarence Lam and Delegate Courtney Watson), gives the Howard County Executive the power to appoint two HCPSS Board members every four years and to scrap the five County District-specific Board members, replacing them with just three State Legislative District-specific (Districts 9, 12, and 13) Board members.
The final proposed breakdown of the HCPSS Board of Education, if this bill passes, will be as follows:
- 3 State Legislative District-specific elected members, elected during Presidential election cycles
- 2 “At-Large” Countywide elected members, elected during Gubernatorial election cycles
- 2 Appointed members, selected every Presidential election cycle by the Howard County Executive from a list of candidates provided by the Howard County State Delegation
- 1 Student member
There is a Public Hearing for this bill (Ho. Co. 10-23) that will take place on Wednesday, December 14, from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building ( 3430 Court House Dr, Ellicott City, MD 21043 ). Here are the official details about this hearing, published here:
“The Howard County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly, chaired by Senator Clarence Lam and Delegate Courtney Watson, will hold a public hearing for citizen input on local legislation proposed for the 2023 General Assembly session. The hearing will be held in the Banneker Room in the George Howard building from 7pm until approximately 9:30pm. Signup will occur from 6:20 pm-6:50pm outside the Banneker Room. Please bring 13 copies of written testimony if it accompanies oral testimony. Speaking is not a requirement, so written testimony may also be emailed to email@example.com .
The hearing will be live streamed here.
If necessary, a second hearing on December 15th at 7pm will be held via Zoom to hear testimony that could not be heard on the first night. An announcement will be made if this is the case. The hearing will be live streamed on the Maryland General Assembly website (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov).
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