August 30th, 2012 by WCBC Radio
The battle to allow students residing in the Little Orleans area to attend school in neighboring Washington County has not yet ended. The Allegany County Board of Education sparked the controversy during budget deliberations in early 2011 when the proposal was put forward to end the decade old school choice program. That program had allowed kids in the far eastern end of the county the option of attending school in Hancock. Since the action was taken, a group of parents- headed by Linda Martin- has been fighting to see it overturned. To date appeals have been rejected by the local board and the Maryland Board of Education. In addition the decision was upheld by a circuit court judge- and efforts by Delegate Leroy Myers to introduce statewide legislation concerning school choice failed to get out of committee. Martin tells WCBC News that although the number of students impacting has dwindled significantly in the past year, the efforts will go on. Next up is a date with the Special Appeals Court in Annapolis. Martin says this is not simply a case of going through the motions, the parents believe they have a strong case.