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Commissioners Not Taking An Official Position On Bill Yet

February 14th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

Until they know exactly how the final language in the bill will read, the Allegany County Commissioners will not take an official position on legislation drafted by Delegate Leroy Myers designed to given parents more flexibility to send their kids to an out—of- county school.  House Bill 335, introduced late last month by Myers  would essentially reverse a decision made last year by the Allegany County Board of Education to end the Washington County School Choice program because of funding cuts.  The decision, which prompted a lawsuit by parents, was upheld by a circuit court judge, as well as the Maryland State Board of Education. The attempt to overturn a local school board decision has not been received well by the board.  Superintendent David Cox, along with several members of the BOE, plan to testify this Thursday during a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee. The County Commissioners also drew the ire of the school board on this issue last year, offering to pay the students tuition cost in order for the program to remain in place at least one more year. Commissioner Bill Valentine, who resides in the eastern end of the county, tells WCBC News that he has witnessed first hand how difficult its been for parents and students alike in Little Orleans…

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