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School board bears responsibility for Dance's absences

I was interested in the story about Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance and his frequent travels (“Officials question Baltimore County school board oversight of Dallas Dance,” Oct. 29).

I wondered how a school board that was so unconcerned with keeping their constituents informed was selected. You cannot imagine my surprise when I discovered that the school board for Baltimore County is not elected by county voters, but appointed by the governor.

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(Full disclosure: I moved here a little over two years ago from a western state, where local school boards are elected by the voters of their respective school districts.)

It is my belief that the best government is one that is selected by those (and only those) affected. This opinion is apparently not shared by Maryland educators, or they would never have permitted a single individual to appoint school board members who are not at all (or only vaguely) answerable to the citizens of the district they supposedly represent.

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Wake up Maryland! Neither the governor, county executive nor any other party not elected by those affected is consistent with the principles of representative democracy. If you want a voice in your school system, demand direct election of school board members in Maryland. Take back control of your schools.

Larry Williams, Towson

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