I want to thank Howard County School Board member Brian Meshkin for explaining how school redistricting works and for saying this:
In my opinion, this ultimate decision was divisive, heartbreaking, and embarrassing. I couldn’t believe it. How could this Board “snatch defeat from the jaws of victory” in an ironic reversal of this anagram? As much time as we’ve spent this past year trying to “unify” the Board, this was shocking. With the countless phone calls, emails, and in-person conversations that I’ve had since the votes – all questioning how the Board could reject a common-sense win-win compromise for a divisive losing proposition – all I can say to those affected is “I’m sorry.”Go and read Mr. Meshkin's post about this issue, and see if it applies to you where you live. I have a broad range of people who read this, and when you drill down into issues, you'll see the importance of understanding growth, local politics, and the realities of our educational system. A decision made in Washington D.C. has some effect on us as citizens but when the local school board reaches a decision and changes where your kids will go to school next year (and quite a few people buy houses specifically in order to send their kids to a public school of their choice), that's like a punch in the gut.
Anyway, go read the piece. It's a punch right in the gut that people can relate to.