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September 24, 2010

Race to the Top is unconstitutional

To the editor:

While citizens consistently discuss and debate the First, Second and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, everyone seems to have forgotten about the 10th Amendment.

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Over the years, Maryland and other states have surrendered more and more of their authority each time they accepted federal money.


In my opinion, No Child Left Behind started and the Race to the Top will complete the unconstitutional federal takeover of public education.

A couple of months ago, the Washington County Board of Education (BOE), in a 4-3 vote, decided to support the Race to the Top application. At that time, a caveat was attached to that split vote, requiring the BOE to vote a second time if Maryland's application were successful. The federal government has since approved Maryland's application.

As the BOE reconsiders that earlier vote, I feel it is imperative that all school system employees and taxpayers understand what will happen if the BOE votes to support Race to the Top. Bottom line, we will not be able to pick or choose which mandates to implement.

It won't matter whether or not the mandates reflect the values of Washington County, or are the best choice for our children and school system employees. If we take the money, we are committed. Furthermore, the money offered - $775,000 per year for four years - will not come close to covering the true costs, direct or indirect.

This board member would like to hear from the citizens of Washington County and the employees of the Washington County School System. Please call me at 301-491-3178 or send an e-mail to

Donna L Brightman
Washington County Board of Education member

Rowland's column read like a personal attack

To the editor:

In reference to Tim Rowland's opinion in the Sunday, Sept. 19, edition, "Shank played his hand brilliantly in defeating Munson." Talk about sour grapes. Tim, did Christopher Shank take candy from a baby? Run over your dog? Kiss your date at the school dance? Your "opinion" read more like a personal attack against Shank.

Furthermore, I am a highly educated person with a successful career and I don't appreciate being told I only voted for Shank because I was unable to form my own opinion and had to be "tricked."

Plus your comment, "when at midday, voter turnout in Boonsboro was only 10 percent, Shank had to like his chances," did your statistics take into account all of the people who took advantage of early voting?

Lori Craig

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