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Howard school board chairwoman argues that she’s cognitively disabled to regain benefits

Howard school board chairwoman argues that she’s cognitively disabled to regain benefits

Cynthia Vaillancourt has led the Howard County school board for two years, presiding over meetings, voting on a budget that exceeds $800 million, and recruiting a new superintendent to the district of 76 schools and 55,600 students.

But during her tenure as board chairwoman, Vaillancourt has been trying to convince a court that she has a cognitive disability that causes her to confuse numbers, take wrong notes and suffer muddied thinking.

Can she possibly run the board with such symptoms?

The question lies at the heart of her lawsuit to restore her private disability benefits of $82,000 a year.

Vaillancourt once worked as a project manager for a real estate company...

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