Protecting Diversity in Howard County

Protecting Diversity in Howard County

Howard County has many wonderful attributes that enrich life in our community. One of the greatest of these attributes is ethnic and cultural diversity. There are few places in the US where you will find such a wealth of diverse races, religions, and cultures. From an...
School Safety Part II: Long-Term Solutions

School Safety Part II: Long-Term Solutions

In my last post, I discussed the necessity for keeping Howard County Public School students safe during crises and exceptional situations—through security enhancements, emergency procedure drills, stricter check-in guidelines, and improved mental-health resources....
How to Attract and Retain Quality Teachers in HCPSS

How to Attract and Retain Quality Teachers in HCPSS

Here in Howard County, we are lucky to have many dedicated, competent teachers in our public schools. However, the education of our students should not simply be left up to luck. If programs for attracting and retaining quality teachers are going to be effective, they...
Vocational Programs in Our Schools

Vocational Programs in Our Schools

Gauging Trends and Utilizing the Strengths of Our Community In some ways, Howard County is like school districts all over the world: We constantly walk the line between the quality of our educational programs and the health of our budget. Our students need many things...
Bridging the Gap:  Special Education in Howard County Public Schools

Bridging the Gap: Special Education in Howard County Public Schools

A few months ago, I addressed the issue of inequity in Howard County Public Schools. Another inequity exists that deserves a closer look: the one experienced by our special education students. Granted, Howard County offers many superior services to these students....