The Howard County Education Association (HCEA) announced the school board candidates it is endorsing in 2012, a list that does not include any of the three incumbents.
"It is time for change," wrote Paul Lemle, president of HCEA, in a press release on March 13.
Lemle said HCEA endorses Ann De Lacy of Columbia, David Gertler of Ellicott City and Jackie Scott of Columbia. All have experience as educators.
HCEA, which represents more than 5,000 teachers and school staff in the county, said that it was not backing the incumbents who are running—Allen Dyer, Ellen Flynn Giles and Janet Siddiqui—for several reasons:
- The current board voted to discontinue , against HCEA advice.
- The current board entered schools into Race to the Top.
- Some current board members sought to rather than working to resolve their differences.