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: