IN VIOLATION OF STATE LAW, HOWARD COUNTY HAS FOR DECADES BEEN UNLAWFULLY PROVIDING PAROCHIAL BUSING TO SCHOOLS WHICH ARE RECEIVING STATE AID WITH FUNDS FROM TAXES LEVIED ON REAL PROPERTY

Approximately $500,000 is available for other purposes if Howard County would follow the law and not provide parochial busing to ineligible schools. Council Chair Deb Jung publicly stated her commitment to fixing this in the FY21 HCPSS Budget. Councilmember Christiana Rigby is supportive of this too. Apparently, however County Solicitor Gary Kuc has inexplicably concluded that this is not the responsibility of the Council but rather the Board of Education. The County Code clearly gives the responsibility of the appropriation to the County Council.

The memo I submitted to the County Council with hyperlinks to background materials may be found here:

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  1. And what’s really bad is that for some buses, the drivers have a double route….public and parochial. My son had to get on the bus 30-40 minutes earlier and then get dropped off at school very early, only to sit in the cafeteria for 30 mins before the opening bell (at first they had to sit outside…until parents complained). All because the bus driver had a 2nd route and had to get the parochial school kids to school on time, also. It’s a bad business practice and should never have been allowed to happen.

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