Howard County, Maryland, school board voted to implement a massive,
1970s-style busing program Thursday, despite overwhelming opposition.
one vote failed, members went into a back room, and when they came
out, one of the members who voted “no” was crying. They did a
do-over and she changed her vote.
member Jennifer Mallo lectured to constituents who voiced
displeasure, saying it was a “privilege” that they got to witness
the meeting, admonishing them not criticize her on social media, and
complaining about her salary.
from China and the former Soviet Union said that what they were
witnessing reminded them of the totalitarian regimes where they grew
Howard County, Maryland, school board voted Thursday to implement a
busing initiative opposed by the vast majority of the public.
members took one of the “no” voters into a back room after an
initial vote failed. She changed her vote when she reemerged. Board
member Kirsten Coombs voted “no” after board member Jennifer
Mallo motioned to move a swath of children out of their schools to
try to balance poverty rates. It failed 4-3, and people clapped. “I
move that we go into recess to consider the impact of the failure of
that last motion,” Mallo said. Coombs appeared to be crying when
they came out of the back room and said the board should vote again
“because otherwise the entire plan falls apart.” The board redid
the vote, with Coombs’ voice cracking as she said “yes.” The
vote was part of a series taken by the board that, together, resulted
in the large-scale moving of children to different schools based on
their parents’ income, effective in 2020.
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