After reading the article about the operating budget, I am in agreement with the majority; the 6 board members who approved the budget and sided to allocate funding for transportation to parochial school students.
Even though increasing opportunities and extra curricular programs for elementary students are important (which is what Mr. Dyer proposed) I feel that the funding should continue to be used for providing transportation to parochial school students. I believe that all residents of the county are required to pay taxes for the purposes of educating children and that all residents should get a return on their investment.
Using a portion of school operating funds for parochial reasons is not unconstitutional. In the case, Reynolds v. United States, the Court did not find any violations in collecting taxes for the purpose of sending children to a religious school. According to the Court, providing for transportation is analogous to providing police protection along the same transportation routes - it benefits everyone, and therefore should not be refused to some because of the religious nature of their end destination.
Once again, thank you for inquiring about my viewpoint on this important issue.
(Me again) I think this guy is great. As someone looking to start a family in Howard County, I want someone like David on the board. The Board of Education gets very little attention, but they speak for a lion's share of our budget. I would like to hear what kind of questions you may have for Mr. Proudfoot, so that he may develop answers to those questions as his campaign goes forward. That's my agenda!