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Howard County Times: Our endorsements for board of education

Politics shouldn't play a role on a nonpartisan school board. And yet, universally, it does. And seemingly more so for the Howard County School Board.

Some will argue that the politics are part and parcel of an elected board. But, as we've said many times before, for a county so focused on education, there seems to be an inordinate amount of time discussing non-classroom topics.

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Of late, the board's dysfunctional behavior seems to swirl around board member Cynthia Valliancourt, who has had two dust-ups with other members this past year, the latest seeing the board reprimand her over the use of the word "condom" in a setting where students were present.

Despite all of this, there never seems to be a shortage of candidates. For the four seats up for grabs, there are eight candidates, whittled down from 13 candidates in the primary. Our endorsements now are the same prior to the primary.

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We recommend incumbents Sandra French and the aforementioned Cynthia Vaillancourt to return to the board. French provides common sense leadership for the board. Vaillancourt has demonstrated a good goal of accountability for the school system and the board.

For our other two endorsements, we suggest Bess Altwerger and Zaneb Beams. Altwerger is a retired Towson University professor and the founder of Save Our Schools, a national public education advocacy program. Beams is a Columbia pediatrician. Both bring practical experience to the county's school board.

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