Poverty

The equity in deciding where to place public schools [Letter]

I am writing [this to the county school board] as a longtime Howard County resident and a retired educator.

We currently have schools in Howard County that are located in areas that have a concentration of poverty. As a consequence, the schools have high [free and reduced meal services (FARMS)] rates and lower standardized test scores.

Without digressing into a discussion of why concentrating children of poverty is a disservice to those children, and to those from wealthier families, I am writing to ask you to use foresight in building new schools in Howard County.

Please don’t build schools in areas that have or are destined to have high-density and low-income...