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Monday  •  February 17, 2020

Behind the Curtain of CR-112 – Part 4

By Steven Keller

This is Part 4 of a series of Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) response releases that provide a glimpse behind the curtain regarding the planning and rollout of the Howard County Council’s CR-112 resolution in August 2019 that called on the Howard County public school system to ‘desegregate’ its schools.


The following pages are handwritten notes taken by a County Council staff member during a meeting between Councilman Opel Jones & his staff (Michael Harris & Najee Bailey) with Superintendent Martirano, Jahantab Siddiqui (HCPSS Chief Administrative Officer) and Scott Washington (HCPSS Acting Chief Operating Officer) at 4:00 PM on August 13, 2019, right before Councilman Jones was featured in a press release announcing the upcoming CR-112 resolution that he would be co-sponsoring with fellow Councilmembers Christiana Mercer-Rigby & Deb Jung.



A few interesting quotes:

“An overcrowded school does not mean an overcrowded classroom”


“14th HS pushed back to 2028 due to lack of quantitative need in Elkridge”


“Adjustments based on poverty index – RACE, segregation”


“Capacity, FARM, Area (13) HS – (3) value system”


“different from feasibility study = Dr. M. = position of strength”


“Dr. Jones = CR (desergregation) ; Dr M. = How can we help ___ (Deseg) = challenges for BOE member election”

If you missed Parts 1, 2 and 3 of this MPIA response release series, you can find them here:

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