Politics makes strange bedfellows and even stranger alliances, this much is true. This has certainly been applicable in Howard County, with the wild and wacky Board of Education race, to be sure.
But, in 12 days from the writing of this post, that election, and all elections for 2016, will be over. And the next things will be underway. Among them, the 2017 General Assembly session, and, hopefully, Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary's reintroduction of her bill to elect HoCo Board of Education members by District. Legislation that failed last year for want of a second Senator to support it. Only Senator Guy Guzzone supported the bill in the local delegation; Senators Kasemeyer and Bates did not.
But now... is there hope? Gail had opposed reforms to the school system last year, including Delegate Warren Miller's bill to require the HCPSS to be more transparent to the public. However, yesterday she wrote a letter calling for the General Assembly's Joint Audit Committee to meet to review the findings of the recent Maryland Office of Legislative Audit's findings regarding the poor financial management of the HCPSS.
So, yay! That means Senator Bates is on our side, right? Hey, better late than never, right?
Not so fast, my friend! Sources close to the Marshmallow Man reveal that Tuesday morning, at the River Hill Bagel Bin, Senator Gail Bates was seen having breakfast with none other than the most useless expenditure of money and consumer of air that Howard County has ever known: HCPSS Superintendent Renee Foose.
Was pressure brought to bear? Did Renee try to use her Jedi mind tricks on Gail Bates? Did Renee reveal exactly why she and Christine O'Connor are starting to look more alike? Or did Gail lay down the law? Did Gail look Renee in the eye and tell her exactly what she thought of her? Woulda loved to have been there for that.
So, Senator Bates, welcome to the HCPSS reform bandwagon. We're all glad to have you. But you're going to need to do more than write a stern letter before this pro-reformer trusts you.
How's about, voting for Delegate Atterbeary's bill?
Let's be careful out there.
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