The Anne Arundel school system does not respect its transportation policy; flag bill is ‘shameful’

I am writing this letter regarding bus transportation not being provided for my child. My son is a student at Broadneck High School. His school bus has not been running since the start of the school year. This is not acceptable and is directly against the Board of Education’s policy for AACPS:

“Anne Arundel County Public Schools are responsible for the safe transportation of students who live outside the designated walking areas for their assigned schools. Buses must pick up students at their designated bus stops, transport them to their assigned schools, and return them to their designated stops at the end of the school day. »

My son is eligible for transportation according to the criteria set up by the Board of Education:.

“Transportation from established bus stops is provided to: all middle and high school students who reside more than one and a half kilometers from their assigned school by the nearest accessible route”

We are 3.3 miles from the school and there is no proper walkway for my child to get to and from school. Also, according to AACPS policy, my child is unable to walk because he must walk “more than three-tenths of a mile to or from school along a road with a shoulder less than three feet and a posted speed limit greater than 40 miles per hour.” Since there are not enough shoulders on College Parkway for my son to walk on, this is not an acceptable solution.

I left several messages and got no return of my phone calls. This is no small problem, and the school system directly endangers hundreds of students daily by not following its policies. In addition, the school system directly ignores the strategic plan put in place by the school board. How can you “ensure that every student meets or exceeds standards” if you can’t even provide them with safe transportation to school? These students are set up for failure and the expectations that every parent can understand transportation are unrealistic.

I look forward to hearing from someone regarding this issue and having a resolution plan in place. I cannot transport my child due to my work schedule. Nor is it my job to find a solution to this problem.

Catherine Emerson Arnold

Maryland’s teacher shortage in all 24 school districts could be solved by reassigning educators who left the classroom and took a teaching position outside the classroom.

Classroom teachers who have left their home school for a position in central office and/or the school board office for mentors, supervisors, principals, diversity and equity specialists, and various areas of the curriculum may need to be reassigned to the classroom.

The education mantra we read and hear in the local news is that children need a first class education and educators are there for the children. Here is an opportunity for educators to test their resolve to help address the shortage.

To parents who have children in the Maryland school system, I urge them to review a copy of the organization chart within central offices to see which positions can be moved into the classroom.

An alternative to the above suggestion could come from a group of retired teachers to form a “classroom teacher agency” to provide agency teachers to schools at a heavy cost to the school system in order to fill vacancies.

Joe Regula, Severna Park

This follows an opinion column by Skip Auld of the Anne Arundel County Public Library. In the column, Mr Auld expressed concern over legislation introduced by County Councilor Nathan Volke that would only allow three specific flags to be flown on county flag poles or displayed in or on county buildings.

I share his concern.

If passed, the bill would limit the Michael E. Busch Library to fly: (1) the flag of the United States of America, (2) the flag of the State of Maryland, and (3) the flag County.

In this range of sanctioned flags, the flag of the capital of Maryland – the municipality where the library is located – the flag of the city of Annapolis is missing.

The library’s namesake, former House Speaker Michael E. Busch, represented Annapolis as a delegate and speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates until his death in 2019. Speaker Busch fought for public funding of libraries and schools throughout his many years as an elected official. official. He was a strong supporter of literacy and education.

In Annapolis, we are proud of our city flag and the values ​​it represents. In modern parlance, the thistle represents overcoming adversity and is a symbol of resilience while the rose represents love. The slogan on the Annapolis flag, translated from Latin, means: “I lived free and I will die thus”.

In Annapolis, we hope to continue to live free and strive to remain a resilient city full of love. This legislation represents opposing values. I urge a firm “no” vote on Bill 74-22.

To ensure that we have Mr. Volke’s attention on this matter, I sent an Annapolis flag to the council office at the Arundel Center and pointed it to Mr. Volke’s attention.

Gavin Buckley, Annapolis

Buckley is the mayor of Annapolis

As for the proposed county flag bill, 74-22, sponsored by my opponent, Councilman Nathan Volke, I absolutely oppose it. The proliferation of legislation based on sectarianism is dangerous for democracy and civil society. This wastes precious taxpayers’ money.

This is a brazen attempt to stir up controversy and get free publicity before an election.

Plus, the flags my opponent is aiming for mean real things to real people all over Anne Arundel County — and to try so ruthlessly to remove them is nothing short of disgraceful.

Mr. Volke, I’m asking you to withdraw this bill and put yourself at the service of the people of District 3. If not, I advise you to get out of my chair.

Michael Gendel, Pasadena

Gendel is a Democratic write-in candidate for County Council, District 3

A guest column recently appeared in this newspaper regarding negative polls and their importance. I couldn’t agree more. In fact, I would go so far as to say that some of these positions should not even be filled by election but should be filled on merit. Experience and skills matter.

The state attorney, for example, must obviously be held by a licensed attorney in good standing, and fortunately that is a requirement. Since the administration of justice is one of the most important tasks of the office, it should also be a non-partisan position, which it is not. Voting according to one’s political party is an injustice to office and work, but more importantly, it is an injustice to citizens who depend on impartial treatment under the law.

The court clerk runs the courthouse and should know exactly what this means before coming to the office. The current clerk won without knowing that his job did not include executing warrants, since his election promise was to reduce the backlog. This is a management job with many complexities, and the other person who ran for the job four years ago had been doing just that for 27 years as the outgoing Clerk’s Assistant. This change of direction did not serve the public well.

The current Register of Wills is a licensed attorney who not only brings her extensive legal knowledge to the job, but also her experience running her own law firm before taking on the management of a public office. Could the person running against her on the ballot make that claim? Again, this is an important position that serves the public during their most vulnerable and emotional time, when compassion and efficiency are paramount. The other person on the ballot has nonprofit and communications experience.

Orphans’ Court judges are not required to be licensed attorneys in our county, yet their duties are to make decisions regarding wills that are probated and other legal matters related to wills and estates. They sit on the bench as a panel of three and when one of them isn’t working at work – as was the case with new judge Ms Gipson for 15 months during COVID – it’s a huge bad service to the public, which relies on the Orphans’ Court for important and timely decisions. I strongly disagree with the author’s endorsement based solely on his political party.

The sheriff is an armed law enforcement officer. Personally, I think it is important that he has experience in the safe and judicious use of firearms. Serving warrants, eviction notices, and protecting the courthouse can be dangerous, and the sheriff’s office must be well-trained, well-staffed, and above reproach to maintain public trust. This sheriff had years of experience in the Anne Arundel County Police Force and had the respect of that agency as well as the people he served.

So I won’t use this as an obvious political platform like the author of the first guest column did. I’m just asking that people do their due diligence when deciding the qualifications and character of negative ballot candidates whose jobs affect our daily lives. Elections matter.

Amy Leahy, Severna Park

Leahy is the President of the Republican Women of Severna Park

Have you seen Mike’s campaign videos?

Mike, former one-term mayor of Annapolis, challenges Councilwoman Lisa Rodvien for her seat representing District 6 on Anne Arundel County Council.

Mike Pantelides is a nice guy. Maybe too nice.

One of the best things he did as a Republican mayor of a Democratic city was to resist the agenda of right-wing extremists (Cox-Peroutka) who maligned influence on the Republican Party Anne Arundel.

Could Mike’s candidacy be an accommodation for these extremists? Rodvien is the newest in a line of bright, progressive Democrats who ably represented District 6 for decades — remember Samorajczyk, Cohen, and Trumbauer? Each has been a council leader.

Recent campaign documents suggest that Mike may have bought into the right-wing’s fear strategy. Faced with Councilwoman Rodvien’s inability to identify a real misstep, her videos and website clumsily attempt to tap into voters’ fear of crime. He says he has a crime reduction plan on his website. I couldn’t find it.

Whatever the plan, it’s more helpful to look at the crime statistics from when Mike was mayor of Annapolis. Property crimes during Mike’s tenure were about the same as during his predecessor’s final year. But violent crime has increased by double digits throughout Mike’s tenure.

Crime is a serious problem being tackled by social scientists, law enforcement and elected officials across the country. Nothing in Mike’s file suggests he has the solution.

Margaret Rauh, Annapolis

Jeremy S. McLain