I along with 60-plus other Frederick County citizens had an opportunity Saturday to meet with and hear eight primary candidates for the Frederick County Board of Education. The nonpartisan event was sponsored by the Source AM1450.

Among my general impressions, after a two-hour expertly hosted and moderated event, was that the county is indeed fortunate to have a number of diverse and skilled candidates who have stepped forward for this major four-year task.

In my opinion, while most of the candidates have a good understanding of what their responsibilities will be as our elected representatives to the BoE, a couple of impressions, based on candidate comments and responses, are that there are individuals who have personal axes to grind for whatever reason. In particular, the word “control” seemed to come up often with a couple of candidates. The word seemed to be more in context of personal experiences or regarding dictating course content, home schooling and charter schools — all of which should be discussed. But using the word “control” as much as some did reminded me of historical uses where such words were really more of a dog whistle than of real substance.

Over the next several weeks, I encourage more of our citizens who want their children’s or grandchildren’s educational opportunities to be the best possible to be attentive to sort out those candidates who will more likely be positive, constructive and willing to work as team, and less concerned about “control” and axes to grind.

Edward Burrell

Point of Rocks

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Edward for Board of Ed.


Ed, you said; " ........dictating course content, home schooling and charter schools....." What course content? Home schooling is okay, but there is no good reason to have competing public school systems. If we have a problem with the public schools, we should fix the problem(s), not start another school system.

The problems I see with the public school system, in Frederick County are: teachers are no longer allowed to discipline students by suspending them. Not all students should be required to take a "Common Core" test because there are obviously some student that will never be able to perform at the required level due to physical or mental problems. And there is no way a public school should be allowed to get into religion, although Maryland University used to. I recall learning about Job there. Of course, if I go back far enough, I can recall nuns and ministers coming to New York State schools to teach religion and even being graded on religion with a grade shown on our report cards.


Suspending a child that misbehaves doesn't help anything. It's a mini vacation for most kids. If you want to punish them make them stay after school.


Good letter.




Ellis and Edward prevail
you dispense common sense without fail
with similar sounds
in neighboring towns
I bet you get each other's mail.




How do you do that?



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