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Board Of Education Asking Commissioners To Oppose Bill

February 16th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

Following up on an earlier letter, the Allegany County Board of Education is asking county commissioners to join it in opposing state legislation that would erode local control over where children go to school- and reverse an action from last year.  Drafted by Delegate LeRoy Myers, a member of the Western Maryland Delegation, the bill would overturn the local school board’s decision last year to end the decade-old Washington County School Choice program because of budget cuts. Through that program, around 40 children who live in Little Orleans in the easternmost part of Allegany County were allowed to attend Hancock school because it was closer than the closest in-county school. Myers’ bill would allow children in Maryland to attend public school in an adjoining county if they live more than 30 miles away from the closest school in their home county. The home county would pay costs.  Board member Jeff Metz said it’s the voters of the county that ultimately determine whether the board’s action was the right course to pursue…





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