February 2nd, 2012 by WCBC Radio
Members of the Allegany County Board of Education are once again faced with having a local school board issue impacted by what they believe is political interference. Last year, Little Orleans parents lost out on a number of occasions in an effort to keep their children in Washington County schools — first to the Allegany County Board of Education, then to a circuit court judge, then to the Maryland State Board of Education, which rejected an appeal. At one point the Allegany County Commissioners intervened. Now, after the issue seemed to be fading way, Delegate Leroy Myers has introduced a bill that 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, with the home county providing funding. School Board President Sara Beth James said it is unfortunate that outside entities are working to overturn local board of education decisions….