Fac­ing the heat in Balto. Co.

Our view: Even in fix­ing flawed clos­ing pol­icy, board re­veals deeper dys­func­tion

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Just three weeks after ap­prov­ing what quickly proved to be they had been as­signed his prose­cu­tors. Skep­ti­cism is one thing, an un­work­able pol­icy re­gard­ing when to close be­cause of but rarely will one find a chief ad­min­is­tra­tor treated more rudely heat the 37 Baltimore County schools that lack air or ques­tions posed so tor­tur­ously, repet­i­tively and point­lessly, con­di­tion­ing, the school board came to its senses. By an 8-3 vote, par­tic­u­larly to­ward a su­per­in­ten­dent whose lat­est con­tract, a the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion de­cided that ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately the four-year renewal, be­gan just two months ago. su­per­in­ten­dent will be re­quired to close those schools only when Ms. Miller, a right-wing blog­ger who has writ­ten force­fully the heat in­dex is pre­dicted to reach 90 de­grees or more by 11 a.m. against gay mar­riage and trans­gen­der pro­tec­tions, and Ms.

The tim­ing was for­tu­itous, as those schools would have been Causey, a Monk­ton busi­ness­woman who was ac­tive in Here­ford closed for the third day in just their sec­ond week of the year had High School’s bat­tle against the county’s stan­dard­ized eight­the board not in­ter­vened, a loss of in­struc­tional time that had.a pe­riod day, have clearly em­braced their roles as gad­flies in their grow­ing num­ber of par­ents tear­ing their hair out. The board even first year on the board rather than in­volv­ing them­selves in added a loop­hole to those who can’t stand the heat (al­beit one of gov­er­nance. In Tues­day night’s vote, for ex­am­ple, they proved du­bi­ous le­gal stand­ing) — an ex­cused ab­sence to any child them­selves eas­ily ir­ri­tated (dom­i­nat­ing dis­cus­sions about ev­ery­with­held from school be­cause a par­ent or guardian be­lieved it a thing) but ul­ti­mately ir­rel­e­vant, with only the stu­dent board med­i­cal ne­ces­sity on a day when­the heat in­dex is fore­cast to reach mem­ber join­ing them in op­po­si­tion to the soft­en­ing of the heat 90 de­grees by 3 p.m. clo­sure pol­icy.

Case closed, right? Well, maybe not. For those who wit­nessed No doubt there are rea­sons for such the­atrics. A ma­jor­ity of the the 31⁄ hour pro­ceed­ings, the board made some­thing else crys­tal board will be elected by vot­ers be­gin­ning in 2018, and per­haps they clear as well: Col­lec­tively, they take a back seat to none in sheer want to make a splash with a some­times emo­tion-laden is­sue. But gov­ern­men­tal dys­func­tion. And not just be­cause they were fool­ish it also ap­pears they’ve been in­fected by pol­i­tics — specif­i­cally, the enough to tie the hands of Su­per­in­ten­dent Dal­las Dance when it in­flu­ence of Gov. Larry Ho­gan who ap­pointed them, and his ally, came to when schools should be closed be­cause of harsh weather Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot. The two men have taken up the is­sue in the first place. of sweaty class­rooms like a cud­gel against County Ex­ec­u­tive Kevin

For those who have never watched the county school board in Kamenetz, and their po­lit­i­cal ri­valry seems to hover around board ac­tion, here’s a tip: Catch the show on the BCPS web­site — if you meet­ings like Ban­quo’s ghost. have the stom­ach for low­brow en­ter­tain­ment. Tues­day night’s Such in­ter­fer­ence with the ed­u­ca­tion of Baltimore County’s meet­ing may only have at­tracted 30 or so par­ents in per­son (a school chil­dren only shows signs of spread­ing. On Wed­nes­day in frac­tion of the num­ber who came to protest the lack of Mus­lim Ocean City, Gov­er­nor Ho­gan signed an ex­ec­u­tive or­der to force all hol­i­days in the school cal­en­dar just one week ear­lier), but it was a pub­lic schools to be­gin the in­struc­tional year after La­bor Day and hit on the In­ter­net. In­stead of the few dozen who caught the live end it by June 15 un­less of­fi­cials se­cure a waiver. Once again, the stream of board meet­ings in years past, an es­ti­mated 4,800 is­sue of un-air con­di­tioned class­rooms in the Baltimore area was watched Tues­day and were likely aghast as two board mem­bers raised (although not the fail­ing pipes, leak­ing roofs, lack of treated Mr. Dance and his staff with all the re­spect and cour­tesy work­ing drink­ing foun­tains or other needs that com­pete for the Span­ish In­qui­si­tion gave re­luc­tant con­verts. “We’re told limited school ren­o­va­tion dol­lars). The only ques­tion left is peo­ple watch for en­ter­tain­ment,” one staffer ad­mits. whether state law­mak­ers, who have re­jected such a sweep­ing

Fromthe ac­ri­mony with which board mem­bers An­nMiller and man­date in the past, will over­turn the de­ci­sion or whether a Kath­leen Causey ques­tioned the su­per­in­ten­dent (whether about law­suit by the teach­ers union will do the same by ex­pos­ing its cap­i­tal spend­ing, heat clo­sures or most any other sub­ject), it shaky le­gal ground. Ei­ther way, the whole ex­er­cise looks about as ap­peared that surely he had been ar­rested for a se­ri­ous crime and point­less as a typ­i­cal Baltimore County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion de­bate.

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