Tuesday • December 31, 2019
Behind the Curtain of CR-112 – Part 1
By Steven Keller
This is Part 1 of a series of Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) response releases that will give a glimpse behind the curtain regarding the planning and rollout of the Howard County Council’s CR-112 resolution that called on the Howard County public school system to ‘desegregate’ its schools.
Let’s dive in to analyze a couple of important text messages received as part of the response to MPIA requests that were submitted to the County in September by members of HoCo Families for Education Improvement (FEI):
Throughout this Fall’s controversial school redistricting process, Board of Education (BOE) member Sabina Taj has been one of the strongest advocates for Superintendent Martirano’s socio-economic based school redistricting plan and for the CR-112 resolution. Considering the vocal, unwavering and persistent efforts that she made to ensure that all redistricting moves were looked at “through the lens of equity”, a lingering question has been “what did she know and when did she know it?”.
In the August 22, 2019 Baltimore Sun article entitled, “Emails show county officials blindsided by council members’ schools ‘desegregation’ news release“, Sabina Taj apparently told the Baltimore Sun that “she received a phone call but only about the [CR-112] resolution”.