While the Howard County School Board of Education continues to play politics, students of the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) continue to be harmed. Last month, the HCEA/MSEA Union filed a grievance to voice their concern that the Board of Education’s inaction and incompetence has caused many of the HCPSS teachers to be overworked to the point of not even being able to take a lunch break.

            These problems exist not because of a lack in funding.  Rather, the problem exists because the current HCPSS administration has misused its power to score political points with favored groups while ignoring the needs of its students and teachers.  It is inexcusable that Board of Education has failed to provide teachers with the resources they need to continue to provide their students with the best educational program in the country. The fact that this grievance had to be filed shows that the Board of Education does not care.      

Moreover, the Board of Education’s inaction and incompetence has a distinct impact on students with special needs. Matt Levine, a candidate for the Howard County Board of Education and a parent of a student with special needs, is very aware that the Board of Education’s failure to provide teachers with adequate resources marginalizes the educational needs of our students with special needs. Unfortunately, this neglect by the Board of Education and school administrations is not an isolated incident but a pattern of behavior.

Matt Levine stands behind and fully supports the petitioners of this grievance, and if elected, will fight to ensure that the county’s teachers are given the resources they need to provide the best education to all of our students, especially our students with special needs.