In Baltimore County, she said, "Teachers area being held accountable every minute of every day," but she said she doesn't see that same accountability "at the top."
County Council member Vicki Almond, who represents the 2nd District including Reisterstown and Pikesville, is not on the task force, but attended the meeting.
"Accountability, transparency — that's what the people want because they don't trust government," she told the task force.
Formed by the Baltimore County delegation to the General Assembly during the last Annapolis session, the task force is a mix of current and former elected officials at the county and state level.
The task force is chaired by state Sen. Kathy Klausmeier, District 8; and Del. Stephen Lafferty, District 42.
Other members are state Sens. J. B. Jennings, District 7; Delores Kelley, District 10; Bobby Zirkin, District 11; and state Dels. Emmet Burns Jr., District 10, Wade Kach, District 5B, and Dana Stein, District 11.
Other members are former County Executive Jim Smith; Dunbar Brooks, former president the state Board of Education; former state Del. James W. Campbell; and Baltimore County Council chairman John Olszewski Sr., District 7
Zirkin said he supports a hybrid board of elected and appointed members.
"The constituents who we're here to serve don't have their say," Zirkin said.
"We trust the people to elect us," he said. "I don't know why we don't trust them to elect a school board."
The task force studying potential change in the way the Baltimore County Board of Education is selected is considering six options:
- Appointment by the governor (this is how members are currently selected);
- Election of board members by voters;
- Appointment by the county executive;
- Some members elected and others appointed (hybrid system);
- Election by county nominating commission; or
- Appointment, with some additional approval.
The task force's recommendation is due Oct. 1 and will be delivered to Gov. Martin O'Malley, the state Superintendent of Schools, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, the county's delegates and state senators, the County Council, BCPS Superintendent Joe Hairston and the county Board of Education.
The result could become legislation for the 2012 General Assembly session.