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Howard County BOE Primary Results - Dyer Out

Incumbent Allen Dyer won't be on the ballot in November.

According to the Howard County Board of Elections, about 34,800 Howard County residents turned out to vote in Tuesday's primary election in which 15 candidates were vying for six slots in the Board of Education (BOE) General Election.

One of the most surprising results was that incumbent Allen Dyer did not make it to the next round.

By 8 a.m. Wednesday, the top vote-getters, with 97 percent of precincts reporting, were:

  • (Incumbent) Janet Siddiqui: 38.96 percent
  • Ann De Lacy: 27.94 percent
  • (Incumbent) Ellen Flynn Giles: 25.28 percent
  • Jackie Scott: 24.33 percent
  • David Gertler: 24.2 percent
  • Bob Ballinger: 20.7 percent

Dyer, who has sued the board several times over what he calls its lack of transparency, did not garner enough votes to make it to the ballot in November to vie for one of three BOE seats. 

Brian Meshkin April 10, 2012 at 02:25 AM
To all, I really appreciated reading the comments. Interesting debate. Fred, here are a few links explaining the PAR program in MCPS. http://www.gse.harvard.edu/~ngt/par/practice/montgomery.html http://www.educationworld.com/a_admin/admin/admin224.shtml And then obviously, you can read about on the www.montgomerycountyschoolsmd.org web site. By the way, I too support greater evaluations of educators, administrators, and staff. I would like to see a program like PAR in the HCPSS. However, I also believe that everyone in the school system needs performance evaluations - including the Board of Education. I recently proposed to my colleagues that the School Board complete an annual evaluation of the Board itself, and I recommended that every member complete individually one as well. I will asking for this in the update to Policy 2000 on School Board Governance. Everyone should be held accountable and seek ways to improve in their performance. I can't speak for my colleagues, but I am far from perfect and I look forward to every day when I learn new things.
NK April 10, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Ann, Sorry, I realize this is an old post but I just saw it. Hopefully you will see my reply. I have to say I'm very skeptical about distance learning for anyone younger than college aged kids. I see that you mention that Virginia Beach uses it, but just because someone else is doing it, doesn't make it right. This is only my experience from being educated and seeing my kids being educated, but to me it's all about the personal interaction between the teacher and the student. The kid who already likes learning will succeed no matter how a course is taught, but for the rest of the kids who aren't thrilled by school (which, let's face it, is probably the majority) need that teacher there and supportive. That's just not going to happen via distance learning.
Fred April 10, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Amused, I'm not going to speak for Ann, but distance learning can involve direct interactions between teachers and students even if they are in different schools; teachers can see the students, students can see the teacher and questions can be asked both ways. The technology is there - just not being used. The beauty of this kind of distance learning is that you could better equalize the educational opportunities among our high schools. For example, if there are not enough students at High School "A" that are qualified/interested in taking a particular GT course then, through distance learning, those interested students at School "A" could be "plugged into" the course being taught in real-time be a teacher at School "B". HCPSS is way behind the curve in this area. And I recall Allen Dyer proposing such a solution when the school inequities issue came up at a Board meeting; but of course the myopic Board Chair at the time failed to pick up on this important point and an opportunity for innovation was lost.
Jack April 10, 2012 at 05:52 PM
From Parents_Coalition of Montgomery county Look here: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/development/resources/projover/docs/PARteacher.pdf http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/development/documents/sspgs/1869_06Growthbooklet.pdf Lyda
NK April 10, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Fred, Those are good points in terms of interaction at the group level for curriculum related questions. What I was going for was more where a teacher has person-to-person interaction before, after, and during class. Maybe he or she notices that a kid is off for some reason or has something he or she would like to briefly chat on a personal level with the child. Not having the teacher there in person to do that is difficult or impossible. I know with my son it has helped tremendously when a teacher takes even a brief interest in how he's doing. That said, as I think about your comments, distance learning would be better than not having the class at all, so there is an advantage there. Care would need to be taken to ensure that those who enrolled had a high enough maturity level to handle it.

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