Your recent editorial on the Baltimore County PTA Council was well titled ("Signs of trouble in county schools?" Feb. 24).

The PTA council has a history of being a "rabble rousing" organization during controversial times in the county school system.

In fact, it was this group that frequently took another superintendent, Stuart Berger, to task over dubious educational directives like "Whole Language" in the 1990s.

Whenever a superintendent comes in as a change agent and makes decisions in isolation from the public he serves, the outcome will always be challenged.

One way or the other, the public will insist on being engaged in decisions that affect their children's schools. Wouldn't it be less trouble and more productive to simply include them from the very beginning?

Mary Pat Kahle, Timonium

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