Howard County School System Superintendent Michael Martirano speaks to the audience. Howard County schools have kickoff celebrations for administration and teachers before the first day of school.
Howard County School System Superintendent Michael Martirano speaks to the audience. Howard County schools have kickoff celebrations for administration and teachers before the first day of school. (Nate Pesce/Baltimore Sun Media Group)

I, as a mom of high schooler, was shocked and angry while reading the new proposal from Howard County Superintendent Michael Martirano (“Howard redistricting plan sacrifices families and students in the name of ‘equity,'” Aug. 27). Last year was my kid’s first year in high school. I was trying to experience her life by trying to wake up every morning at 6 a.m. That was the normal time she had to wake up and get ready for school. It was so hard, especially in cold, dark winter mornings. Mr. Martirano’s redistricting proposal will force thousands of high schoolers to wake up even earlier, maybe 5:30 or 5, because they have to go to schools that are miles away.

Just for a better looking average Free And Reduced Price Meal (FARM) students ratio per school! Really? Did he really care about our kids? I don’t think this proposal will help to improve education quality of our county. It doesn’t reduce the total number of FARM students. As superintendent of Howard County, Mr. Martirano shows that he cares mainly about political performance, but not our kids’ health and mental development. I would like to see him step down from his current position.

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Guohui Wang, Clarksville

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