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Managing growth to ease public school crowding [Letter]

We are facing one of the largest school redistrictings in the Howard County public school system's history.

The current redistricting proposal aims to move 8,800 students, 16 percent of the total student population. This redistricting is urgent and needed because of overcapacity issue in some schools.

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However, such a large-scale redistricting creates unnecessary burdens and pressures on our students, who are the primary focus of our educational system.

This overcapacity problem was created by the imbalance between housing development and not enough school facilities.

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The urgency of school capacity could be greatly mitigated in the future if the to-be-revised county Adequate Public Facility Ordinance is modified accordingly.

The imbalance is not so difficult to fix. Just as when we see water leaking, the first thing we do is to close the faucet.

We need reduce the speed of development now, then solve the existing overcapacity. Otherwise, we will see another large scale redistricting in a few years. For the APFO, we need ask the County Council to decrease the ratio for school capacity limit from 120 percent to 100 percent and remove the maximum wait period but freeze new developments when projects fail its first APFO adequacy test.

Chao Wu

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Clarksville

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