Saturday • February 3, 2020
Developer Influences on HCPSS Redistricting and the Howard County School Overcrowding Crisis
By Steven Keller
Let’s talk about the topic that few politicians want to touch and most county residents want to know more about: Developer influence in HCPSS school redistricting.
The following email from the President of the Columbia Regional Office for The Howard Hughes Corporation to the Columbia Downtown Housing Corp (CDHC) is direct evidence uncovered of behind-the-scenes developer influence on the 2019 HCPSS redistricting process. The email confirms that there was great pressure on Superintendent Martirano to propose and support a FARM student/socio-economic status based redistricting plan by both select County Council members (specifically, Christiana Mercer-Rigby, Opel Jones and Deb Jung) as well as by select developers and their media, lobbyist & marketing partners.