School Board Votes to Stick with Race to the Top

Lauren Williams's picture
Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Howard County Board of Education narrowly defeated a motion Tuesday, Dec. 18, to withdraw from the federal Race to the Top program that the system signed on to in 2010.

By a vote of 4-3, members defeated a motion made by Vice Chairman Brian Meshkin to withdraw from the program, which includes controversial teacher evaluation standards that go into effect next fall.

Meshkin, along with board members Cindy Vaillancourt and Ann De Lacy, voted to withdraw from the program. Chairman Frank Aquino, along with Sandra French, Ellen Giles and Janet Siddiqui, voted to stay.

"We've heard from our teachers, who have explicitly asked us to withdraw," Meshkin said. "It has raised the concerns of the parents and citizens, and teachers are against it. … It's so different from what the board acted on (in 2010). It's a no-brainer."

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