Cindy Rose Campaigning

Cindy Rose, a candidate for the Frederick County Board of Education, has made 80 public record requests to the Frederick County Public Schools district in the last year.

A stay-at-home mother from rural Knoxville has proved to be the most controversial figure in the Frederick County school board election.

Though other candidates don’t want overtesting in classrooms, Cindy Rose, 53, is single-minded in her determination to completely free the school district of the federal government’s influence and its testing mandates. She seeks to preserve what she calls “true local education,” determined and designed by parents and the community.

Rose has unapologetically demanded the resignation of the school superintendent and publicly scorned the teachers union for what she feels is an unfair method of endorsing candidates.

Her challenges to Frederick County Public Schools are frequent and delve into the nitty-gritty. She often emails the school system’s legal department with public records requests, demanding emails from Superintendent Terry Alban’s inbox or the count of students who have refused Maryland’s standardized tests.

Rose, too, is the only Republican among the four candidates vying for three open Frederick County Board of Education seats. Though the race is officially nonpartisan, political ties are often public.

Frederick County’s Republican Central Committee hasn’t shied away from sharing its strategy, directing Republicans to vote only for Rose to ensure she reaches the board.

One Democrat in the school board race, Lois Jarman, advanced in April’s primary election, but dropped out of the race specifically to block Rose’s election, calling her “dangerous.”

She wrote to The Frederick News-Post in a letter, as a response to Jarman’s statements, that the establishment that Jarman represents does not “abide the sunshine.”

Other detractors have gone as far as depicting Rose as filled with rage and unfit for office. Screenshots have floated around Facebook and blogs of her insulting Alban using profane language.

“That’s like coming into my house and listening to us have a good time and I say the F-bomb,” Rose said in a recent interview. “That’s my personal space. Do I talk like that ... when I’m at a cocktail party, or at a Christmas dinner? Or when I’m at a function with other people? Absolutely not. But that’s my personal space. And if you don’t like it, get off.”

History

After growing up in Harford County, Rose moved to Frederick County with her second husband around the early 2000s.

She managed a law firm in Towson for 15 years, enrolling in the occasional law course. At one point, she intended to pass the bar herself, until she decided that too many people graduate from law school.

Rose said she grew up in a dysfunctional household with an alcoholic mother, and she treated her time at school as an escape. She knows that because school saved her, it can offer a haven for other students, away from beatings, fights, drugs.

Even so, by her own account, Rose paid little attention to the public educational system, both in Harford and Frederick counties, for most of her life. Three children from her first marriage graduated from public schools before she took an interest in the school district.

She had trusted the school districts to ensure the best for her children, a faith that has been replaced by indelible skepticism.

A number of incidents with the school district prompted her anger.

One that happened in Frederick County, she said, is so serious and personal, she won’t discuss it.

Another involved her son, Ben, a central figure in a number of her spats with the school district. Ben, who has cerebral palsy, was delivered home on the bus from school one day flushed and sweating, his mother said.

Rose figured out that he been transported on a bus without air conditioning, something unhealthy for Ben given his condition.

In perhaps her most publicized and drawn-out skirmish, around 2011, Rose challenged the use of a social studies textbook in her daughter’s third-grade class that she asserted was one-sided, pro-big-government propaganda.

Her arguments reached an enormous swath of the nation’s conservatives with an appearance on Glenn Beck’s show on Fox News, with Beck himself contemptuously reading aloud passages of the book.

Most recently, in 2015, Rose appealed to the school board that Alban overstepped by testing her two children when she explicitly did not give permission.

She lost the appeal, but she credits her visible battle with the development of the new school board policy that acknowledges students do refuse state standardized tests.

Rose said she tried the role of meek, polite parent, who would write letters and contact all the right people. No one cared.

“When do they care? When you’re jumping up and down like a raving lunatic,” Rose said.

When she ran initially for the school board in 2012, she was merely “pissed off” — the wrong reason to seek office, she said (she fell far short in the 2012 primary election). Now, something has to change.

Much of her anger stems from her protectiveness of Ben, who attends Rock Creek School, the Frederick County school for students with severe disabilities. He can’t speak, and by Rose’s estimate, his capabilities are akin to a baby’s. He’s a joyous child, he said, who enjoys fart noises, tickling and Minions from the “Despicable Me” series.

When she found out about his disability after his birth, Rose said, she kept wanting someone to wake her up.

“This is why I’m such a strong advocate for the special education portion,” she said with tears in her eyes. “My child can’t speak for himself. My God, you will let me speak for him. That’s why I’ve fought so hard for him. I would do that for any child. If we’re not looking out for the most vulnerable in our society, then there’s something wrong.”

Making education local

Large corporations that dominate the testing industry and the federal government won’t look out for Frederick County’s children, Rose said. So people who live here must.

She acknowledges that parents lead busy lives, and haven’t earned degrees in education. That doesn’t mean they can’t help write curriculum, especially if the establishment stops treating them as if they’re stupid, she said.

The school district and school board need to stop using acronyms and jargon during meetings and speak plain English to remove barriers for parents, she said. People don’t want to be called “stakeholders.” They want to recognized as parents. The district tends to dump information on parents, too, in flurries of emails, forcing parents to wade through and find what they need to know, Rose said.

Public education has shifted away from personal contact with teachers and is filled with talk of data and technology, Rose said. Eventually, public education will be reduced to a tablet preloaded with lessons, Rose said, a scenario she doesn’t want to envision.

Rose would be one of seven members on the board, a part-time position that earns a $10,000 stipend a year.

She recognizes she can’t influence change at the federal level by herself. But she said she would be willing to go as far as sue the state of Maryland because the state’s constitution requires that public education be maintained.

“I’m just passionate about education, a real education, designed by the local community,” Rose said. “I am not an aggressive or short-fused person, unless you’re picking on my children, and I’m sorry, I’m not going to apologize for that.”

Follow Jeremy Bauer-Wolf on Twitter: @jbeowulf.

(100) comments

benhem612

We don't have to look too far away for an example of what could happen. Google Dover, PA and the daily show to see what our school board will become if Cindy Rose gets her "local control"

MaxJ

Why would anyone vote for her? She DOES NOT believe in evolution, she DOES NOT believe in our public education, she DOES NOT believe in the freedom of ALL RELIGIONS, she DOES believe in Blaine Young and she DOES believe in Donald Trump. Anyone else but her would have been a good candidate for the board.

Observer10

I voted for Hogan. I will vote for Trump. I will not vote for Cindy Rose. I would hope that other Republicans in Frederick County will not let her Republican party membership be the reason to vote for her. She wants to replace a superintendent who has the support of the vast majority of parents, teachers, and the business community. Mrs. Rose is crude, single minded, and without a vision. Frederick County deserves a board of education of which it can be proud. I hope that political party affiliation will not prevent the electorate from seeing that Mrs. Rose should never be part of that board.

MaxJ

Well said!!

threecents

What is that, a water stain? In the photo.

des21

Well, regardless, as the only Republican running, Ms. Rose is in. It may be good it may be bad but it is what it is.

DickD

Most likely and we will find out just how bad later.

des21

Who knows? Maybe she'll surprise us and it won't be as catastrophic as some seem to think it will be. I am always hopeful.

Jim Hartley

Two reasons I won't be voting for Ms. Rose: 1) She has said we ought to fire superintendent Dr. Alban. 2) Her supporters encourage voters to game the system by voting only for Ms. Rose, because she can't place in the top three on the merits. Leading her more moderate, mainstream opposition to form their own Bunitsky-Kerr-Schaefer ticket. Ms. Rose is the anger candidate, some folks like that, I don't.

Dwasserba

A humanizing article. Like it or not folks, won't hurt, might help.

hayduke2

Humanizing - come on....

des21

Why is your reaction to those you disagree with always so incredulous? Do you think there is only one way to view things? That's very tolerant.

hayduke2

It is possible that I chose to respond that way because I never doubted that she is "human" and passionate about her own child? However, that doesn't mean I have to have blinders on and see that there are other motivations and actions that I find objectionable at play as well. Read your response while looking in the mirror des...

armillary

Does a person with a PhD have any second thoughts about advocating a school board candidate with no post-secondary degree?

des21

Which response?

public-redux

"Local control", like technology, is inherently neither good or bad. it is what you do with it that matters.

Our history, both long ago and right up to yesterday, is replete with examples of local control being used for dubious, nefarious, or even illegal purposes.

Some of Rose's past crusades (note the historical allusion) have convinced me that I don't want her in control. Not even locally.


des21

Not at all Arm. Neither of my parents went to college and they were/are two of the smartest people I've ever known. Loving children is more important I think.

des21

BTW, I am advocating for local control of educational curricula- not Ms. Rose- although she seems to be the only one running who supports that idea.

DickD

Rose might get elected, but the Republicans are guaranteeing at least two Democrats on our local school board. The story is very interesting, but Rose would just cause too much conflict, although some is not a bad idea, better than a rubber stamp on everything.

ehpercy

It is interesting and hypocritical of her to talk about eliminating Federal influence and mandates when her child in one that most directly benefits from Federal funding through the Title I program. Without Title I her child would not be receiving any of the services that currently offered through Rock Creek. She remains the least qualified and potentially damaging candidate to Public Education in the field.

MaxJ

As parents, we want the best for our kids, but as a BOE member her duty is to ALL student. She has demonstrated that she only cares about herself and no one else.

MaxJ

All students...typo, sorry

FrederickFan

“I am not an aggressive or short-fused person,..." That is exactly what she sounds like.

des21

Whatever her beliefs or motivations it is true that control over school curriculum was, for 100s of years, the most important aspect of local government and control within the Federalist system. What could be more important than parents having control over what their children are exposed to at school? In my mind very little.

We've surrendered that. Its been incremental for decades but the money associated (in some situations people refer to that type of quid pro quo as "bribes") with the adoption of the Common Core during the Great Recession was too much for states to pass up so we took it. I believe that is unfortunate.

public-redux

"What could be more important than parents having control over what their children are exposed to at school?"

Well, for one thing, a good education. To give just one example, some parents don't want children exposed to something as basic as evolution by natural selection.

des21

That's a tough one as scientific knowledge itself is so evolutionary (remember that everyone thought eugenics was so "obvious" before WW 2? That was "scientific knowledge" and it was hardly only the Nazis who thought that way) but that might fall under the "very little" caveat.

public-redux

Oh, please. The people who don't want their kids exposed to evolution are the same ones who have no problem with wanting schools to include religious instruction and observance. They obviously aren't concerned about knowledge or evidence for schools teach their kids.

BlueDawn666

So des you want children to be taught about evolution or creationism? Also which religion should schools start teaching?

DickD

Des, I kind of agree, but most school systems want to be the best. Now if that is compromised by the State, we definitely would need to go back to local control.

des21

Right now they teach everything except Christianity in the belief that kids get that at home (which is increasingly not so) and exposing them to other faiths increases diversity. But you and Pub know that.

Incredulity from you too Pub? That's a surprise.

ehpercy

No, they are taught about other faiths as a part of history, like the Crusades, in the context of the cultural forces that shaped events.

des21

Eh I think you may be missing my broader, more important point; whatever the rationale, Christianity has been removed from the curriculum except as it pertains to history. Other faiths are included - not as a theocratic course of instruction of course- but to increase student's exposure to the broader world.

I am not making a normative judgment. I am simply stating a fact.

ehpercy

des you point is contradictory. The Christian Church as a force in history has not been taken out the curriculum. What you do not hear when the kiddos come home is that they did not learn something new about Christianity.

des21

Faith is not the same as history eh. I don't know how that is contradictory. I have no idea what your third sentence means. I apologize. Long day indoctrinating children.[beam] (That's a joke folks.)

ehpercy

Sorry about the third sentence. Curse of not careful proof reading on the fly and putting to many "nots" in. My point was that kids most likely do not learn anything new about Christianity, whereas finding out how other faiths work or believe as part of how they influenced history, would be something they would talk about.

As for what is contradictory, you say they teach everything but Christianity, but then say they teach it in a historical context. The historical context is the only place it should be. It has no other place in the curriculum other than an elective comparative religion course. It is not the place for a public school to be teaching people their faith or a faith. Teaching them about what those faiths have done in history is quite different. The establishment clause of the Constitution was put in place to prevent the government from imposing a faith.

DickD

I don't believe Pub is looking for religion to be taught in the school, neither am I.

public-redux

What is it that you think I was incredulous about?

I support teaching about religion in public schools. I oppose teaching religion. Huge difference.

hayduke2

" What could be more important than parents having control over what their children are exposed to at school? In my mind very little." Think about it. A small majority could control what the curriculum is in many small school districts. So, areas with strong religious sects could dictate the curriculum for every student. Areas that have Bundy like attitudes regarding federal land would control the curriculum. No thank you. Come on des. What if they think art, or music, or physical education, or sports, or science, etc. are not important?

des21

And areas that are Hasidic Jewish could have their children taught according to their beliefs. Welcome to Rockland County New York and parts of NYC Hay. Has the sky fallen there? (Please stop with the "come on's" would you!)

hayduke2

Give me proof that they attend PUBLIC schools and have their own curriculum because of their faith. Private schools where they are free to do that do not count.
And your suggestion that you would simply move is not viable and you know that. Quit being condescending. Come on man!

des21

Again Hay! You are killing me!

Many, many people have left Kansas. Perhaps for reasons having to do with curricula. And yes, Hasidic Jewish parents have dictated public school curriculum in Rockland, Putnam and Orange counties north of NYC and in a few Brooklyn districts for decades. It seems its okay as long as it is not majority based (ie., Christian) indoctrination.

threecents

I think "Come on!" is appropriate in this case. As pointed out in the article, Cindy wants to get rid of some of the FCPS text books because they are too liberal for her world view. As Lois pointed out, Cindy is dangerous.

hayduke2

des- you're saying it doesn't make it true, just opinion and suppostion on your part. Show me proof of why " many, many" people have left Kansas and proof of dictating public school curriculum....

hayduke2

Many have left Kansas- yup, teachers because of lawmakers there.... http://www.koamtv.com/story/30449994/more-teachers-are-leaving-kansas-for-missouri-and-other-states-because-theyre-frustrated-with-lawmakers

des21

BTW, if I found myself in a position where a small majority wanted to impose a curriculum with which I disagreed I would move.

One of the first things my wife and I did when we bought our house was to check out the school system and see if its curriculum more or less coincided with our beliefs. I think everyone does that right?

ehpercy

Not everyone has that luxury. For example landlocked farmers in say Kansas. On the other hand, the fragmented curriculums in the U.S., especially in areas that set their standard bars very low, has led to the slipping of American students on National and International normed tests.

DickD

You should have moved to Middletown then, des. lol

des21

Perhaps you're right 3, its just that its his reaction to EVERYTHING he disagrees with! Either "come on," "come on man" (regardless of sex) or "bull." That seems a bit intolerant no?

threecents

No, we did not look at curricula when we moved to Frederick; we looked at the standardized test scores of the public schools - the tests that Cindy wants to get rid of.

threecents

Des, I think we are both too easily annoyed, but Hayden has never annoyed me, probably because I usually agree with him. Though you sometimes annoy me, I usually enjoy reading your Ph.D. - laden comments too.

des21

So I am correct Hay. Thanks.

des21

Right Hay. Me saying it makes it my opinion- equally valid like yours. Even if we disagree. Miracle of miracles right? Actually that's tolerance.

des21

Eh, IMO, if we don't recognize the role of religious faith in the historical development of the world we are teaching ignorance.

ehpercy

Where are we not doing that? What has gotten people like Cindy Rose all uptight is that we are actually teaching that other faiths played a role in historical development not just her version of Christianity (whatever that may be)

des21

Eh, I thought you were advocating teaching religion as history only. Like it or not, for the vast majority of human beings on this planet, their relationship with their God (s) is the most important thing in their lives. If we don't explain and explore that to/with children we leave them poorly prepared to deal with many of the challenges we face is this millennium (as in every millennium passed.)

But, perhaps I misunderstood what you were saying it is that we are teaching.

ehpercy

It is not the role of the Public Schools to help children explore their faith, especially since they are even more diverse than cultures. It is the families and their faith leaders role to help explore their faith, except if you are enrolled in a parochial school. Teaching how religion has effected the course of history or is effecting things socially today is something different.

stjohn42

I don't think anyone would say that the chronically under-funded FCPS is problem- free, but her agenda seems to be "tear it down because it is not perfect", and somehow a magical new system will arise. What would typically follow is a call for vouchers because the systems is now "broken", so that the wealthy can subsidize their kids private school tuition on the backs of the regular tax payers.

DickD

Hogan has already authorized school vouchers and some in Frederick County are getting them.

phydeaux994

After refusing to budget 80 million to Counties for public schools......As a result of Gov. Hogan’s proposal to create a private school voucher program, a $5 million line-item in the budget was included to send taxpayer dollars to private schools......DickD, after your vehement claim that Charter schools were Private Schools getting taxpayer dollars, why aren't you screaming bloody murder about this?

DickD

Good question, I am opposed to it, maybe I just don't see a lot of difference between Charter and Private. Then again, maybe you just wore me down, which means it really is your fault - just kidding.

des21

That seems like an imaginary line to me.

BlueDawn666

the link that was supposed to go in my post..my bad

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/a-southern-city-wants-to-secede-from-its-school-district-raising-concerns-about-segregation/2016/08/25/13ce5398-694f-11e6-99bf-f0cf3a6449a6_story.html

DickD

Yes, Blue, but in the case of Frederick County, you are "reaching", if you think this applies.

BlueDawn666

NO Dick we plenty racist around here, I believe you said that you don't even live in Frederick right? So how would you know that it wouldn't apply?

DickD

It was in the Washington Post, wasn't it?

ehpercy

If you think that there not people in this county that would gladly attempt this, all you need to do is look at the redistricting fights over the past 10 to 15 years.

BlueDawn666

At least one person gets what I am saying thanks ehpercy...

hayduke2

Again, her comments and attitude come through in this. She will be a divisive and "one issue" candidate. Despite what she claims, she has other motivations, including getting rid of textbooks and/or lessons that she happens to disagree with. Any education worthwhile should provide students with varying viewpoints and opportunities to explore topics beyond their own personal experiences.

des21

Be afraid ehpercy, be very afraid............[beam]

BlueDawn666

There is this magic phrase that Cindy uses, "local control" and the hidden meaning she refuses to admit. Understand Cindy's words, understand what those words actually mean, understand and comprehend what "local control" really means.

Gardendale, an Alabama town with a majority white population, wants to break away from the rest of the school district, which has a higher proportion of black students and includes the city of Birmingham, saying they want more local control.

Jefferson County schools are still bound by a desegregation order from five decades ago which means a federal judge will have the final say on whether the town can secede.
“Right now, there’s a clear financial incentive for wealthy communities to cordon themselves off because they get to keep their property taxes” to fund local schools, said Rebecca Sibilia, EdBuild’s chief executive. That exacerbates inequality, she said, leaving poor children in districts that do not have the means to meet their needs.

Secession movements seeking to create smaller, whiter and more-affluent school systems have simmered in recent years in many communities across the country, including Dallas, Atlanta and Baton Rouge.

Understand who Cindy aligns herself with, that would be the likes of Blaine Young, Kirby Delauter, Billy Shreve, Tony Chemlik... etc, ask yourself is this who you want on the school board, if you say yes, you better go look in a mirror cause you will probably be thought of as deplorable among things, because you are probably a racist.

BlueDawn666

the link that was supposed to go in my post..my bad

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/a-southern-city-wants-to-secede-from-its-school-district-raising-concerns-about-segregation/2016/08/25/13ce5398-694f-11e6-99bf-f0cf3a6449a6_story.html

User1

Look at that....was waiting for the "race" card to be played. Nowhere in the article did it mention white or black. Must be between the lines. Can always count on you BD

BlueDawn666

It's not the race card ...it is what her words mean..you telling they mean different if so prove it. That is what her words say to me...

des21

It is impossible to prove a negative Blue. But you know that. Everyone you disagree is motivated by sinister, "deplorable" things. I stopped thinking the world was easily divided into good and evil when I was 20. Some never do.

BlueDawn666

So des you are easily scammed aren't you..? I mean you believe there is no evil or sinister people so I take it you are easily scammed because ain't no bad people out there right?

DickD

Race never entered my mind and it certainly was not mentioned in the article or even vaguely referred to.

BlueDawn666

For someone that knows everything about anything your ignorance about this "local control" is odd...guess you don't know everything do you Dick?

des21

Blue- I think most people are more good than evil- even when I don't agree with them. It is a fundamental difference between you and I but I bet that I'm a happier person for it.

BlueDawn666

Happier for it Des..let's define happy first, you first..since you think you are happier than me.

DickD

Sad to say, I do not know everything, you are just better at it.

des21

No doubt.[thumbup]

des21

That thumbs up was for User1, not Blue (obviously.)

DickD

Now that was interesting. Which one is the happiest. Now have either one of you met the other? Just asking. lol

armillary


Granted that Cindy knows best
if her children are fit for a test
though she'll make quite a fuss
that's no reason for us
to lower the bar for the rest.

marylandmirage

Good one! What I do not understand is why the Republican party seems to want to "dumb down" this country. Could it be to only provide good education to those who have enough money for a good education, thereby keeping the rich richer, and the poor poorer? That would certainly separate the haves from the have lots. I don't care how Rose educates her own kids. If she wishes for them to grow up dumb as a box of rocks, that's on her. But don't throw out quality standards for everybody else. She should home school if she's that opposed to the standards. ABC (Anybody But Cindy).

sevenstones1000

I won't vote for her, but I do agree with her point about the off-putting jargon and buzzwords teachers insist on using. If I never hear the ridiculous word "rubric" again, it will be too soon.

In addition, I have seen absolute chaos in the Special Ed dept in Frederick. IEPs with no follow through, intimidation and brow beating of parents, classroom teachers either refusing to come to parent meetings or getting up and leaving after 5 minutes.

I was told that it was my job to be so diligent and basically live at school to ensure that the teachers did what they promised and my child got the services they needed. No, I had a job that I needed to financially support my family, I could not also do the teachers' jobs. If someone had to constantly monitor me to make sure I did my job, I would be fired.

armillary

I also worked full time while my children attended FCPS, K-12. My child's FCPS IEP was well thought out, and her assigned advocates couldn't have been more supportive. It has been a struggle, but she graduated, made several false starts at FCC, but eventually attended a technical community college and got an associates degree in a technology field. She's working and has left the nest. These things take time.

sevenstones1000

I'm happy for you. That's what I expected, but what I got was a nightmare.

User1

Let's see...."local educational standards" "get rid of Federal guidelines" "my private space". What pills are you taking? If you set local standards then what prepares you for the real world? Probably don't want standardized tests also. Get rid of Federal guidelines then you get rid of federal funding and accreditation. And if you post on social media then It's Not Private Space!!! If you don't want it discussed then don't post it!!! Sounds like someone who counts her "likes". Maybe she should home school instead. She's a lawyer wannabe "too many lawyers graduate" what kind of nonsense is that? Sounds like an excuse not a reason. No vote from me!!!

threecents

My son is also starting at FCC. So far so good, but he is taking it slowly. I hope he eventually becomes independent, like your daughter.

hayduke2

Sorry that your experience has been a difficult one. My only comment would be to not blame the entire system, there are lots of folks out there who always go above and beyond. While I have no experience teaching special education, I admire those folks who do - it is emotionally draining, requires constant focus, demanding, always "on" job and my hats off to the folks who do this.

sofanna

There are MANY levels of special education needs. My son is now 35 years old. When he was in 2nd grade I was told he was 'getting by'. That is never acceptable! Because the FCPS would not cooperate and give him the small amount of help he needed, we paid for a private tutor for 3 years. He was and is above average in intelligence. He had mild dyslexia and a general processing issue, his brain worked a little differently. Different is totally unacceptable in FCPS because everyone needs to work a little harder. For 3 years the FCPS misinterpreted the results of the tests he was given, as confirmed by a special education specialist in Montgomery County. At the last IEP of 4th grade the principal said to me and my husband, "you don't want your son to carry a label for the rest of his life, do you?" What a hypocritical thing to say to parents of a child who is trying to succeed. Educators are supposed to educate. If they cannot deal with the needs of a student they should not be teaching. Our son finally got to 5th grade and had a brilliant and caring group of teachers who assisted him. As I said, he didn't need much help, just a few things like (1) not sitting in the back of the classroom because of all the distractions. When moved to the front of the room, he suddenly was able to understand what the teacher was teaching. (2) Allowing him to go to a small room alone for taking tests, again due to the distractions of the other students. Again, he excelled. With the correct information in hand, I met with the principal of the new school he would be attending. I explained everything that had happened for 3 years and the misinterpretation of the tests. At that time, I indicated I wanted a program set in place for him prior to entering the 5th grade. By the time he was finished with 5th grade, his grades had gone up significantly because he got the little bit of help he needed. He was assigned to ALL advance level classes for 6th grade. However, we only allowed him to choose 1 subject, which he excelled in brilliantly. That specific teacher allowed him to 'work outside the box' to get his answers. He was able to explain his 'different' methods to the teacher. This teacher awarded him an "Einstein" award for his creative manner to get the answers correctly. With all the constraints in our school system not being able to discipline children who disrupt a classroom, it's absolutely amazing any of the students learn anything. The classes have too many students, there are not enough teachers, there are not enough VOLUNTEERS willing to assist a classroom. I worked full time in Rockville, but I never missed an IEP meeting. My son's education was a priority. I taught him to advocate for himself. Middle school was a nightmare because of the lack of discipline enforced. After praying for 2 years, we decided to let him get tested at a private school. Despite not being able to finish the entry exam in the amount of time given, what he was able to finish qualified him to attend the school. Classes were small - not more than 17-20 students in a class. Teachers took interest in what the students were interested in, as well as the curriculum. The school did not have 'special ed', however, they were more than willing to meet his small amount of needs. He graduated High School with a scholarship!

Let me tell you, we were not rich not even close, as some of other comments suggested for getting their students in private schools. We had to use his college fund to pay for high school, which left very little to send him to college. If we hadn't made that decision to put him in private school, our son, his father, and I didn't expect he would succeed in public school.
Parents you MUST advocate for your children, because the FCPS system will not. Some of the students are just pushed from grade to grade and are not able to graduate with a HSDiploma. And these, now adults, are supposed to enter society and be successful. I don't think so.
This subject is very dear to my heart. What I saw then and is even worse now, is a total breakdown of our education system at all levels. Not just in Frederick, but around the country as well. I have so much more I could say, but most of you have probably not even read to the bottom of my post due to boredom or total disinterest. All children deserve an education. It's time our country gets its priorities straight.

threecents

Having worked recently with student interns and having kids who just graduated from high school, I strongly disagree that there is a breakdown in the education system. Kids these days are amazing. There are so many more AP classes than there were when I was a kid, and today's kids are taking advantage of them. I have no doubt they are going to do great things. They will mock our generation for almost making Trump our president, but that is another story.

DickD

God, I hope you are right.

MAVRICKinc7

OPTIMISM is a good thing to have. But to ignore reality, through generalizations and happy faces is not the way to real solutions that are just on the horizon and WAITING for some sunshine to appear.

threecents

Mav, I truly wish you peace and optimism.

threecents

...even if it is just a wish for raspberry jello when they serve you dinner in the max security ward. [huh]

DickD

sofanna, our experience in P.G. County was worse, which is why we are here.

MAVRICKinc7

I made it to the bottom, but was left with the feeling you left out many of the details associated with you and the raising of your son. So far no one has mentioned that Rose's son has cerebral pausey. Her anger and angst appear to be more about giving birth to a compromised birth and using our educational system as a punching bag and against ALL those families and their children who are not impaired or disabled. Special Education is all about dealing with the unknown and what goes in our minds. Look what its done to Rose's mind. She's looking for someone else to take the blame for her anger and is using her children as a battering ram and whipping post for her failure in ACCEPTING her lot in life which is not any different than many thousands of children having to navigate their way through their disability with many having never left their nest. This kind of anger is as much manipulative as it is dangerous. The school board needs to look at the bigger picture and the responsibility it has for ALL of our student population and not those who are dealt a losing hand, through no fault of there own. In Ms. Rose's behalf, she might need assistance from professionals dealing with compromised life styles, without distractions in preparation for when they're children reach adulthood. All Ms Rose wants to accomplish is stir the pot beyond its boiling over point and, have a stage to DICTATE from,personal life experiences and personal anger in tow. Let's hope the population of the Frederick REGION don't buy what she's selling. We have enough problems with our County government as it is.

threecents

Sounds like different people have had different experiences with FCPS. My son recently graduated from high school. His IEPs from grade 1 - 12 were all handled amazingly well by FCPS, and our many concerns were always taken seriously.

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