Issue #2 of the HoCo Watchdogs newsletter. This newsletter provides a concise list of articles, videos & social media posts for readers to stay well informed about important Howard County, Maryland issues such as public school policies, land use & development, and county governance.
Issue #1 of the HoCo Watchdogs newsletter. This newsletter provides a concise list of articles, videos & social media posts for readers to stay well informed about important Howard County, Maryland issues such as public school policies, land use & development, and county governance.
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball Accused of Stonewalling the Public Release of Hundreds of Emails Exchanged with Developer Lobbyist
Why did Howard County Executive Calvin Ball block the public release of over 1350 emails that fell within search parameters for a Maryland Public Information Act request that asked for all correspondence between him and a local developer lobbyist?
A repository of audio clips from the HCPSS Redistricting Special Needs Exemption Appeal Trial in July 2020
Remember the time when two HCPSS Board of Education members held a private text message conversation to discuss redistricting strategy during a public Board meeting as crucial decisions on the Fall 2019 HCPSS redistricting plan were made? Ever wonder if there was something illegal about that?
A concerning pattern of statutory violations and ‘inadvertent mistakes’ have been made by the BOE over the past two months under the leadership of Chairwoman Mavis Ellis that is eroding public confidence and trust.
We’re finally starting to receive responses to the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) requests that were submitted following the controversial ending to this year’s HCPSS school redistricting process back in November and WOW, is there some interesting stuff.
The complaint below was submitted on December 18, 2019 to the Open Meetings Act (OMA) Compliance Board, detailing recurring OMA violations via electronic communications between BOE members over the past year. The BOE has until January 17, 2020 to respond to this complaint.
The discussion about the statement that Mavis Ellis made on behalf of the Board prior to the redistricting ‘ratification vote’ held on December 17, 2019 is so concerning that it deserves further attention.
On December 17, the BOE held a ‘ratification vote’ on the controversial Clemens Crossing redistricting vote that occurred on November 21, 2019, in which the vote initially failed 3-4 and then was overturned 4-3 after a sudden and seemingly illegal recess by the Board.