Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Anne Arundel School Superlatives

Tuesday's Post provided an in-depth profile of the student member of the Anne Arundel County School Board, Pallas Snider. Turns out that Anne Arundel County Schools hold two distinctions, one pretty progressive, the other a bit more dubious. According to the article, "Anne Arundel is the only county in the nation with a school board that extends full voting rights to a student." Our high schools also begin at 7:17 am, the earliest starting times of any county in the state.

Ms. Snider, an 18-year old senior from Severna Park High School, who sits on a Board that her Father, Jim Snider, was prevented from serving on by Parris Glendening, has taken up a number of priorities. She would like to see the 12 county high schools open their doors about 45 minutes later, at 8 am, and have the county replace valedictorian and salutatorian titles with a more general cum laude category.

In spite of the some of the other problems that have plagued the School Board and the Superintendent over the past several years, it's nice to see that the board gives some voice to the individuals who will be most impacted by its decisions.

To check out a on-line discussion of school start times that Ms. Snider initiated, click here.



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