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Carroll schools at a crossroads

The Carroll County public schools are at a crossroads. Teachers are leaving in record numbers to earn substantially higher salaries in neighboring counties. The problems facing our school system fall directly on the doorstep of our current elected officials at both the county and state levels.

Our commissioners have failed to fully fund our school system for years. At the state level, our delegates have failed to ensure that the county receives its fair share. Garrett and Kent counties face a similar problem of under-funding because of declining enrollments. But unlike Carroll, those counties received additional funds from the state. Why didn't Carroll?

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There are four candidates running for House of Delegates in District 5, which comprises most of Carroll County.

Only one candidate for House of Delegates has made education a priority: Dorothy Scanlan. She was a classroom teacher and a school librarian. She has thoroughly studied the issues and understands them. Even more importantly, she has solid ideas for addressing these issues. Perhaps this is why she has been endorsed by Maryland state and Carroll County teachers unions.

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Ms. Scanlan is not a partisan politician; she's not a politician at all. She is a concerned citizen who has promised to work with both parties in Annapolis. She doesn't have an ax to grind or some ideology she feels compelled to adhere to, regardless of the consequences for Carroll County. She has repeatedly said that her priority is to bring results back to Carroll County.

For far too long citizens of Carroll have watched self-professed conservatives accomplish absolutely nothing just so they can say they voted against one bill or another. I am weary of this meaningless posturing and will cast my vote for only one person on Nov. 4: Dorothy Scanlan.

Thomas Scanlan, Westminster

The writer is treasurer of Citizens for Scanlan.

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