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  • sandra_french@comcast.net
    I thought they were due on October 1st. That s what the article says. -- Sandra H. French, Candidate Board of Education of Howard County (410) 531-2394 (H)
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      I thought they were due on October 1st. That's what the article says.
       
      --
      Sandra H. French, Candidate
      Board of Education of Howard County
      (410) 531-2394 (H)
      (410) 241-5247 (C)
      www.sandrafrench.org

       
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      From: "Allen Dyer" <aldyer@...>
      i'm busy working on my answers to the bloggers' questions--they are due monday.
       
      should be interesting.
       
      allen
       
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        A group of Howard County bloggers say they have an alternative to what they call the "sound bite" coverage of local elections through the media and traditional political forums.

        They are conducting an online forum in which candidates can give unedited answers to a series of questions and readers can, in turn, respond to the candidates.

        "One of the reasons we're doing this is to get something more active and more in-depth than most (political) forums" can offer, said David Keelan, 42, of Ellicott City, one of four local men who make up the Howard County Bloggers Association, which is conducting the forum.

        Blogs are personal Web logs that offer commentary, links to other sites and other information. Most allow visitors to respond with comments, setting up an online venue for discussion.

        Although the members of the Howard County bloggers group discuss numerous issues on their sites, all four devote space to local issues and politics.

        The bloggers --�Keelan, Ian Kennedy, David Wissing and Evan Coren --�say theirs might be the first candidates forum hosted via blog and hope the medium will offer a unique way for voters to learn about and interact with candidates.

        On Sept. 14, the men -- two Republicans and two Democrats -- sent 15 questions to candidates for the county Board of Education, county executive, County Council, and 16 questions to those seeking local seats in the Maryland General Assembly.

        Candidates have until Oct. 1 to respond to the questions, at which time Keelan, a Republican, will separate the responses by contest and set up threads to which visitors can comment or submit questions, and to which the candidates can post a response.

        "The nice part about this whole process is the candidate's response is unedited," said Coren, 27, a Columbia Democrat.

        Kennedy, a 29-year-old Democrat, writes a blog called HoCo Hayduke while Wissing, a 31-year-old Republican, authors the Hedgehog Report. Neither could be reached for comment.

        Although the group is split along traditional party lines, the bloggers spent more time debating how many questions to ask candidates than whether the content of their questions was too partisan, Keelan said.

        "We all want this to work and we all want it to be fair, so we had to compromise," he added. "In the end we were all happy."

        Candidates notice blogs

        Several candidates said they have taken notice of the blogs.

        Don Dunn, 77, a Democrat running for the County Council seat in District 5, said he supports the bloggers' involvement in the political arena.

        "I wish more people would get more interested in the political spectrum," he said. "The younger generation is not getting involved. If bloggers can help correct this, that's fine as far as I'm concerned."

        Greg Fox, 39, a Republican who is opposing Dunn in District 5, said he also plans to respond to the blog forum. Fox said blogs can be helpful to local politics "as long as people take some of the stuff with a grain of salt."

        Readers should be critical of information posted anonymously by blogs' readers, Fox said.

        "I'm still not sure how many people are paying attention to them," said Fox, who received an in-kind campaign contribution from Wissing in the form of an advertisement on Wissing's blog.

        Traffic jumps on Election Day

        Fox said he expected the blogs to attract traffic on election day because the bloggers have the potential to post results as soon as elections officials release them.

        Keelan and Coren said the number of visits to their blogs jumped on primary election day.

        Keelan, who writes HoCoMD Blog, said he had more than 2,000 hits each on election night and in the days before and after the election. On most days he has about 400 unique visitors, he said.

        Coren, who started writing Howard County Blog in January, said he averages close to 100 visitors each day, but had almost 400 on election night.

        The bloggers group covered the election live from each party's campaign headquarters, posting photos and results as they became available.

        As for the success of their forum, Keelan said the group will have to wait and see what sort of response it attracts, adding that 10 candidates have replied to the forum or said they would reply.

        "We're really depending on the candidates to take this as seriously as we are," he said.

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      • Allen Dyer
        you are correct sandy. the blog answers are due today. HELP! does anyone have a list of the 5 WORST presidents? note -- the sitting president is exempt.
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          you are correct sandy.  the blog answers are due today.
           
          HELP!  does anyone have a list of the 5 WORST presidents?
          note -- the sitting president is exempt.
           
          allen
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          I thought they were due on October 1st. That's what the article says.
           
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          Board of Education of Howard County
          (410) 531-2394 (H)
          (410) 241-5247 (C)
          www.sandrafrench.org

           
          -------------- Original message --------------
          From: "Allen Dyer" <aldyer@...>
          i'm busy working on my answers to the bloggers' questions--they are due monday.
           
          should be interesting.
           
          allen
           
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          Local bloggers gear up for elections

          09/28/06
          By Nate Sandstrom


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            A group of Howard County bloggers say they have an alternative to what they call the "sound bite" coverage of local elections through the media and traditional political forums.

            They are conducting an online forum in which candidates can give unedited answers to a series of questions and readers can, in turn, respond to the candidates.

            "One of the reasons we're doing this is to get something more active and more in-depth than most (political) forums" can offer, said David Keelan, 42, of Ellicott City, one of four local men who make up the Howard County Bloggers Association, which is conducting the forum.

            Blogs are personal Web logs that offer commentary, links to other sites and other information. Most allow visitors to respond with comments, setting up an online venue for discussion.

            Although the members of the Howard County bloggers group discuss numerous issues on their sites, all four devote space to local issues and politics.

            The bloggers --ÊKeelan, Ian Kennedy, David Wissing and Evan Coren --Êsay theirs might be the first candidates forum hosted via blog and hope the medium will offer a unique way for voters to learn about and interact with candidates.

            On Sept. 14, the men -- two Republicans and two Democrats -- sent 15 questions to candidates for the county Board of Education, county executive, County Council, and 16 questions to those seeking local seats in the Maryland General Assembly.

            Candidates have until Oct. 1 to respond to the questions, at which time Keelan, a Republican, will separate the responses by contest and set up threads to which visitors can comment or submit questions, and to which the candidates can post a response.

            "The nice part about this whole process is the candidate's response is unedited," said Coren, 27, a Columbia Democrat.

            Kennedy, a 29-year-old Democrat, writes a blog called HoCo Hayduke while Wissing, a 31-year-old Republican, authors the Hedgehog Report. Neither could be reached for comment.

            Although the group is split along traditional party lines, the bloggers spent more time debating how many questions to ask candidates than whether the content of their questions was too partisan, Keelan said.

            "We all want this to work and we all want it to be fair, so we had to compromise," he added. "In the end we were all happy."

            Candidates notice blogs

            Several candidates said they have taken notice of the blogs.

            Don Dunn, 77, a Democrat running for the County Council seat in District 5, said he supports the bloggers' involvement in the political arena.

            "I wish more people would get more interested in the political spectrum," he said. "The younger generation is not getting involved. If bloggers can help correct this, that's fine as far as I'm concerned."

            Greg Fox, 39, a Republican who is opposing Dunn in District 5, said he also plans to respond to the blog forum. Fox said blogs can be helpful to local politics "as long as people take some of the stuff with a grain of salt."

            Readers should be critical of information posted anonymously by blogs' readers, Fox said.

            "I'm still not sure how many people are paying attention to them," said Fox, who received an in-kind campaign contribution from Wissing in the form of an advertisement on Wissing's blog.

            Traffic jumps on Election Day

            Fox said he expected the blogs to attract traffic on election day because the bloggers have the potential to post results as soon as elections officials release them.

            Keelan and Coren said the number of visits to their blogs jumped on primary election day.

            Keelan, who writes HoCoMD Blog, said he had more than 2,000 hits each on election night and in the days before and after the election. On most days he has about 400 unique visitors, he said.

            Coren, who started writing Howard County Blog in January, said he averages close to 100 visitors each day, but had almost 400 on election night.

            The bloggers group covered the election live from each party's campaign headquarters, posting photos and results as they became available.

            As for the success of their forum, Keelan said the group will have to wait and see what sort of response it attracts, adding that 10 candidates have replied to the forum or said they would reply.

            "We're really depending on the candidates to take this as seriously as we are," he said.

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          • pamythompson
            Re: bloggers -- candidate forum I did a search for Samdra French on howardpubliced and seem to have found that she authored 13 posts on this group . Between
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              Re: bloggers -- candidate "forum"

              I did a search for Samdra French on howardpubliced and seem to have found that she authored 13 posts on this group . Between Sept 4 and Uct 19 2006 she made 10 posts and the other 3 were made over the last 4 years . 2006 was an election year .

              For the sake of transparency it appears that Sandrs French is a member of this group and so I would personally like to invite her to join the Howard county community in an open , transparent and ongoing discussion of the educational issues in Howard county . Kind of a trial by fire approach into what our candidates for BOE will offer us if elected .

              I moved this post forward because of the concept it offered and because of the openness that howardpubliced provides I see a real opportunity to expand it . A honest opportunity for the public to look at our candidates in depth .

              Jack



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              > I thought they were due on October 1st. That's what the article says.
              >
              > --
              > Sandra H. French, Candidate
              > Board of Education of Howard County
              > (410) 531-2394 (H)
              > (410) 241-5247 (C)
              > www.sandrafrench.org
              >
              >
              >
              > -------------- Original message --------------
              > From: "Allen Dyer" <aldyer@...>
              >
              > i'm busy working on my answers to the bloggers' questions--they are due monday.
              >
              > should be interesting.
              >
              > allen
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              > A group of Howard County bloggers say they have an alternative to what they call the "sound bite" coverage of local elections through the media and traditional political forums.
              > They are conducting an online forum in which candidates can give unedited answers to a series of questions and readers can, in turn, respond to the candidates.
              > "One of the reasons we're doing this is to get something more active and more in-depth than most (political) forums" can offer, said David Keelan, 42, of Ellicott City, one of four local men who make up the Howard County Bloggers Association, which is conducting the forum.
              > Blogs are personal Web logs that offer commentary, links to other sites and other information. Most allow visitors to respond with comments, setting up an online venue for discussion.
              > Although the members of the Howard County bloggers group discuss numerous issues on their sites, all four devote space to local issues and politics.
              > The bloggers --ÊKeelan, Ian Kennedy, David Wissing and Evan Coren --Êsay theirs might be the first candidates forum hosted via blog and hope the medium will offer a unique way for voters to learn about and interact with candidates.
              > On Sept. 14, the men -- two Republicans and two Democrats -- sent 15 questions to candidates for the county Board of Education, county executive, County Council, and 16 questions to those seeking local seats in the Maryland General Assembly.
              > Candidates have until Oct. 1 to respond to the questions, at which time Keelan, a Republican, will separate the responses by contest and set up threads to which visitors can comment or submit questions, and to which the candidates can post a response.
              > "The nice part about this whole process is the candidate's response is unedited," said Coren, 27, a Columbia Democrat.
              > Kennedy, a 29-year-old Democrat, writes a blog called HoCo Hayduke while Wissing, a 31-year-old Republican, authors the Hedgehog Report. Neither could be reached for comment.
              > Although the group is split along traditional party lines, the bloggers spent more time debating how many questions to ask candidates than whether the content of their questions was too partisan, Keelan said.
              > "We all want this to work and we all want it to be fair, so we had to compromise," he added. "In the end we were all happy."
              > Candidates notice blogs
              > Several candidates said they have taken notice of the blogs.
              > Don Dunn, 77, a Democrat running for the County Council seat in District 5, said he supports the bloggers' involvement in the political arena.
              > "I wish more people would get more interested in the political spectrum," he said. "The younger generation is not getting involved. If bloggers can help correct this, that's fine as far as I'm concerned."
              > Greg Fox, 39, a Republican who is opposing Dunn in District 5, said he also plans to respond to the blog forum. Fox said blogs can be helpful to local politics "as long as people take some of the stuff with a grain of salt."
              > Readers should be critical of information posted anonymously by blogs' readers, Fox said.
              > "I'm still not sure how many people are paying attention to them," said Fox, who received an in-kind campaign contribution from Wissing in the form of an advertisement on Wissing's blog.
              > Traffic jumps on Election Day
              > Fox said he expected the blogs to attract traffic on election day because the bloggers have the potential to post results as soon as elections officials release them.
              > Keelan and Coren said the number of visits to their blogs jumped on primary election day.
              > Keelan, who writes HoCoMD Blog, said he had more than 2,000 hits each on election night and in the days before and after the election. On most days he has about 400 unique visitors, he said.
              > Coren, who started writing Howard County Blog in January, said he averages close to 100 visitors each day, but had almost 400 on election night.
              > The bloggers group covered the election live from each party's campaign headquarters, posting photos and results as they became available.
              > As for the success of their forum, Keelan said the group will have to wait and see what sort of response it attracts, adding that 10 candidates have replied to the forum or said they would reply.
              > "We're really depending on the candidates to take this as seriously as we are," he said.
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            • pamythompson
              For the sake of transparency I researched David Thalheimer Candidate, Howard County Board of Education on howardpubliced and found he authored 149 posts
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                For the sake of transparency I researched David Thalheimer Candidate, Howard County Board of Education on howardpubliced and found he authored 149 posts beginning Nov. 7 2008 until now . Many of his posts spoke of transparency and solutions . In particular his website lists all of the canidates for BOE . That list and a simple advanced search of howardpubliced archives reveals a lot about our candidates . I will continue to search the archives for posts of other candidates .

                Howardpubliced has established itself in the community as a open forum for education discussions . For that reason I truly hope that all the candidates will choose to both use howardpubliced to openly discuss the issues as well as promote howardpubliced for this use .

                Jack


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                Friends and Neighbors:



                I'm happy to announce that I have just filed as a candidate for the Howard County Board of Education. This was not an easy commitment to make, but as a parent with four children currently in the public school system, I felt that I needed to take action to help improve the quality of education available to all of our kids. Howard County already has what many consider to be a good school system compared with the rest of the country, but I believe that improvement is both necessary and possible. With the wealth of resources available in Howard County, including our active and involved parents, we should have no less than one of the world's best school systems.



                I will not be content until we have exhausted all possible methods for improving the quality of education for all students. In particular, I would like to push for enhancements in the math, science, and technology curricula to help keep the United States in a strong economic position relative to those nations currently challenging us. The current board is satisfied with the current state of our educational system and has made no effort to make the changes necessary for us to reach an even higher level of performance. However, no great business has ever succeeded by being complacent. They succeed by relentlessly striving to be the best through a continuous process of self evaluation and reinvention. We need to take a critical look at what we do well and not so well and reinvent our school system until our children have the best preparation and opportunities we can give them.



                Before such improvements will be possible, however, the Board of Education needs to provide greater transparency by making all reports and performance metrics available to the public via its web site and by creating online discussion boards, blogs and wikis to improve two-way communication between the Board, school system employees and parents. The Board needs to ensure that the central office and each individual school formally and proactively solicit the input and participation of parents and teachers in educational decisions affecting their school. No school should ever find itself in the position that the Cradlerock School found itself last month. For more details, please read my blog at http://blog.betterboardofed.org



                I look forward to hearing your concerns and winning your support. You can find out more about me and about all the other candidates by visiting my web site, www.betterboardofed.org, or my Facebook page. Please consider supporting my campaign by donating or volunteering. Together, we can build a better Board of Education and one of the best school systems in the world.



                David Thalheimer

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                --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@...> wrote:
                >
                >
                > Re: bloggers -- candidate "forum"
                >
                > I did a search for Samdra French on howardpubliced and seem to have found that she authored 13 posts on this group . Between Sept 4 and Uct 19 2006 she made 10 posts and the other 3 were made over the last 4 years . 2006 was an election year .
                >
                > For the sake of transparency it appears that Sandrs French is a member of this group and so I would personally like to invite her to join the Howard county community in an open , transparent and ongoing discussion of the educational issues in Howard county . Kind of a trial by fire approach into what our candidates for BOE will offer us if elected .
                >
                > I moved this post forward because of the concept it offered and because of the openness that howardpubliced provides I see a real opportunity to expand it . A honest opportunity for the public to look at our candidates in depth .
                >
                > Jack
                >
                >
                >
                > --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, sandra_french@ wrote:
                > >
                > > I thought they were due on October 1st. That's what the article says.
                > >
                > > --
                > > Sandra H. French, Candidate
                > > Board of Education of Howard County
                > > (410) 531-2394 (H)
                > > (410) 241-5247 (C)
                > > www.sandrafrench.org
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > -------------- Original message --------------
                > > From: "Allen Dyer" <aldyer@>
                > >
                > > i'm busy working on my answers to the bloggers' questions--they are due monday.
                > >
                > > should be interesting.
                > >
                > > allen
                > >
                > > ----- Original Message -----
                > > From: NewsDelivery@
                > > To: aldyer@
                > > Sent: Saturday, September 30, 2006 2:32 PM
                > > Subject: News Story From allen dyer and Howard County Times
                > >
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                > > Local bloggers gear up for elections
                > >
                > > 09/28/06
                > > By Nate Sandstrom
                > >
                > > Email this story to a friend
                > >
                > > A group of Howard County bloggers say they have an alternative to what they call the "sound bite" coverage of local elections through the media and traditional political forums.
                > > They are conducting an online forum in which candidates can give unedited answers to a series of questions and readers can, in turn, respond to the candidates.
                > > "One of the reasons we're doing this is to get something more active and more in-depth than most (political) forums" can offer, said David Keelan, 42, of Ellicott City, one of four local men who make up the Howard County Bloggers Association, which is conducting the forum.
                > > Blogs are personal Web logs that offer commentary, links to other sites and other information. Most allow visitors to respond with comments, setting up an online venue for discussion.
                > > Although the members of the Howard County bloggers group discuss numerous issues on their sites, all four devote space to local issues and politics.
                > > The bloggers --ÊKeelan, Ian Kennedy, David Wissing and Evan Coren --Êsay theirs might be the first candidates forum hosted via blog and hope the medium will offer a unique way for voters to learn about and interact with candidates.
                > > On Sept. 14, the men -- two Republicans and two Democrats -- sent 15 questions to candidates for the county Board of Education, county executive, County Council, and 16 questions to those seeking local seats in the Maryland General Assembly.
                > > Candidates have until Oct. 1 to respond to the questions, at which time Keelan, a Republican, will separate the responses by contest and set up threads to which visitors can comment or submit questions, and to which the candidates can post a response.
                > > "The nice part about this whole process is the candidate's response is unedited," said Coren, 27, a Columbia Democrat.
                > > Kennedy, a 29-year-old Democrat, writes a blog called HoCo Hayduke while Wissing, a 31-year-old Republican, authors the Hedgehog Report. Neither could be reached for comment.
                > > Although the group is split along traditional party lines, the bloggers spent more time debating how many questions to ask candidates than whether the content of their questions was too partisan, Keelan said.
                > > "We all want this to work and we all want it to be fair, so we had to compromise," he added. "In the end we were all happy."
                > > Candidates notice blogs
                > > Several candidates said they have taken notice of the blogs.
                > > Don Dunn, 77, a Democrat running for the County Council seat in District 5, said he supports the bloggers' involvement in the political arena.
                > > "I wish more people would get more interested in the political spectrum," he said. "The younger generation is not getting involved. If bloggers can help correct this, that's fine as far as I'm concerned."
                > > Greg Fox, 39, a Republican who is opposing Dunn in District 5, said he also plans to respond to the blog forum. Fox said blogs can be helpful to local politics "as long as people take some of the stuff with a grain of salt."
                > > Readers should be critical of information posted anonymously by blogs' readers, Fox said.
                > > "I'm still not sure how many people are paying attention to them," said Fox, who received an in-kind campaign contribution from Wissing in the form of an advertisement on Wissing's blog.
                > > Traffic jumps on Election Day
                > > Fox said he expected the blogs to attract traffic on election day because the bloggers have the potential to post results as soon as elections officials release them.
                > > Keelan and Coren said the number of visits to their blogs jumped on primary election day.
                > > Keelan, who writes HoCoMD Blog, said he had more than 2,000 hits each on election night and in the days before and after the election. On most days he has about 400 unique visitors, he said.
                > > Coren, who started writing Howard County Blog in January, said he averages close to 100 visitors each day, but had almost 400 on election night.
                > > The bloggers group covered the election live from each party's campaign headquarters, posting photos and results as they became available.
                > > As for the success of their forum, Keelan said the group will have to wait and see what sort of response it attracts, adding that 10 candidates have replied to the forum or said they would reply.
                > > "We're really depending on the candidates to take this as seriously as we are," he said.
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              • pamythompson
                Now this is transparency . I researched Cynthia Vaillancourt on howardpubliced and beginning Jan 2 2004 I found that she authored 1622 posts . One thousand ,
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                  Now this is transparency . I researched Cynthia Vaillancourt on howardpubliced and beginning Jan 2 2004 I found that she authored 1622 posts . One thousand , six hundred and twenty two very good posts . Now that is a fine example of a commitment to our educational issues . I would love to see the rest of the candidates for BOE enter into discussions here at howardpubliced given the level of standards that Ms. Vaillancourt has set here .

                  Jack



                  --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > For the sake of transparency I researched David Thalheimer Candidate, Howard County Board of Education on howardpubliced and found he authored 149 posts beginning Nov. 7 2008 until now . Many of his posts spoke of transparency and solutions . In particular his website lists all of the canidates for BOE . That list and a simple advanced search of howardpubliced archives reveals a lot about our candidates . I will continue to search the archives for posts of other candidates .
                  >
                  > Howardpubliced has established itself in the community as a open forum for education discussions . For that reason I truly hope that all the candidates will choose to both use howardpubliced to openly discuss the issues as well as promote howardpubliced for this use .
                  >
                  > Jack
                  >
                  >
                  > Entering the Race Message List
                  >
                  > Reply Message #27376 of 27527 < Prev | Next >
                  >
                  > Friends and Neighbors:
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > I'm happy to announce that I have just filed as a candidate for the Howard County Board of Education. This was not an easy commitment to make, but as a parent with four children currently in the public school system, I felt that I needed to take action to help improve the quality of education available to all of our kids. Howard County already has what many consider to be a good school system compared with the rest of the country, but I believe that improvement is both necessary and possible. With the wealth of resources available in Howard County, including our active and involved parents, we should have no less than one of the world's best school systems.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > I will not be content until we have exhausted all possible methods for improving the quality of education for all students. In particular, I would like to push for enhancements in the math, science, and technology curricula to help keep the United States in a strong economic position relative to those nations currently challenging us. The current board is satisfied with the current state of our educational system and has made no effort to make the changes necessary for us to reach an even higher level of performance. However, no great business has ever succeeded by being complacent. They succeed by relentlessly striving to be the best through a continuous process of self evaluation and reinvention. We need to take a critical look at what we do well and not so well and reinvent our school system until our children have the best preparation and opportunities we can give them.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Before such improvements will be possible, however, the Board of Education needs to provide greater transparency by making all reports and performance metrics available to the public via its web site and by creating online discussion boards, blogs and wikis to improve two-way communication between the Board, school system employees and parents. The Board needs to ensure that the central office and each individual school formally and proactively solicit the input and participation of parents and teachers in educational decisions affecting their school. No school should ever find itself in the position that the Cradlerock School found itself last month. For more details, please read my blog at http://blog.betterboardofed.org
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > I look forward to hearing your concerns and winning your support. You can find out more about me and about all the other candidates by visiting my web site, www.betterboardofed.org, or my Facebook page. Please consider supporting my campaign by donating or volunteering. Together, we can build a better Board of Education and one of the best school systems in the world.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > David Thalheimer
                  >
                  > Candidate, Howard County Board of Education
                  >
                  > david@
                  >
                  > On Facebook: "Citizens for David Thalheimer "
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@> wrote:
                  > >
                  > >
                  > > Re: bloggers -- candidate "forum"
                  > >
                  > > I did a search for Samdra French on howardpubliced and seem to have found that she authored 13 posts on this group . Between Sept 4 and Uct 19 2006 she made 10 posts and the other 3 were made over the last 4 years . 2006 was an election year .
                  > >
                  > > For the sake of transparency it appears that Sandrs French is a member of this group and so I would personally like to invite her to join the Howard county community in an open , transparent and ongoing discussion of the educational issues in Howard county . Kind of a trial by fire approach into what our candidates for BOE will offer us if elected .
                  > >
                  > > I moved this post forward because of the concept it offered and because of the openness that howardpubliced provides I see a real opportunity to expand it . A honest opportunity for the public to look at our candidates in depth .
                  > >
                  > > Jack
                  > >
                  > >
                  > >
                  > > --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, sandra_french@ wrote:
                  > > >
                  > > > I thought they were due on October 1st. That's what the article says.
                  > > >
                  > > > --
                  > > > Sandra H. French, Candidate
                  > > > Board of Education of Howard County
                  > > > (410) 531-2394 (H)
                  > > > (410) 241-5247 (C)
                  > > > www.sandrafrench.org
                  > > >
                  > > >
                  > > >
                  > > > -------------- Original message --------------
                  > > > From: "Allen Dyer" <aldyer@>
                  > > >
                  > > > i'm busy working on my answers to the bloggers' questions--they are due monday.
                  > > >
                  > > > should be interesting.
                  > > >
                  > > > allen
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                  > > > They are conducting an online forum in which candidates can give unedited answers to a series of questions and readers can, in turn, respond to the candidates.
                  > > > "One of the reasons we're doing this is to get something more active and more in-depth than most (political) forums" can offer, said David Keelan, 42, of Ellicott City, one of four local men who make up the Howard County Bloggers Association, which is conducting the forum.
                  > > > Blogs are personal Web logs that offer commentary, links to other sites and other information. Most allow visitors to respond with comments, setting up an online venue for discussion.
                  > > > Although the members of the Howard County bloggers group discuss numerous issues on their sites, all four devote space to local issues and politics.
                  > > > The bloggers --ÊKeelan, Ian Kennedy, David Wissing and Evan Coren --Êsay theirs might be the first candidates forum hosted via blog and hope the medium will offer a unique way for voters to learn about and interact with candidates.
                  > > > On Sept. 14, the men -- two Republicans and two Democrats -- sent 15 questions to candidates for the county Board of Education, county executive, County Council, and 16 questions to those seeking local seats in the Maryland General Assembly.
                  > > > Candidates have until Oct. 1 to respond to the questions, at which time Keelan, a Republican, will separate the responses by contest and set up threads to which visitors can comment or submit questions, and to which the candidates can post a response.
                  > > > "The nice part about this whole process is the candidate's response is unedited," said Coren, 27, a Columbia Democrat.
                  > > > Kennedy, a 29-year-old Democrat, writes a blog called HoCo Hayduke while Wissing, a 31-year-old Republican, authors the Hedgehog Report. Neither could be reached for comment.
                  > > > Although the group is split along traditional party lines, the bloggers spent more time debating how many questions to ask candidates than whether the content of their questions was too partisan, Keelan said.
                  > > > "We all want this to work and we all want it to be fair, so we had to compromise," he added. "In the end we were all happy."
                  > > > Candidates notice blogs
                  > > > Several candidates said they have taken notice of the blogs.
                  > > > Don Dunn, 77, a Democrat running for the County Council seat in District 5, said he supports the bloggers' involvement in the political arena.
                  > > > "I wish more people would get more interested in the political spectrum," he said. "The younger generation is not getting involved. If bloggers can help correct this, that's fine as far as I'm concerned."
                  > > > Greg Fox, 39, a Republican who is opposing Dunn in District 5, said he also plans to respond to the blog forum. Fox said blogs can be helpful to local politics "as long as people take some of the stuff with a grain of salt."
                  > > > Readers should be critical of information posted anonymously by blogs' readers, Fox said.
                  > > > "I'm still not sure how many people are paying attention to them," said Fox, who received an in-kind campaign contribution from Wissing in the form of an advertisement on Wissing's blog.
                  > > > Traffic jumps on Election Day
                  > > > Fox said he expected the blogs to attract traffic on election day because the bloggers have the potential to post results as soon as elections officials release them.
                  > > > Keelan and Coren said the number of visits to their blogs jumped on primary election day.
                  > > > Keelan, who writes HoCoMD Blog, said he had more than 2,000 hits each on election night and in the days before and after the election. On most days he has about 400 unique visitors, he said.
                  > > > Coren, who started writing Howard County Blog in January, said he averages close to 100 visitors each day, but had almost 400 on election night.
                  > > > The bloggers group covered the election live from each party's campaign headquarters, posting photos and results as they became available.
                  > > > As for the success of their forum, Keelan said the group will have to wait and see what sort of response it attracts, adding that 10 candidates have replied to the forum or said they would reply.
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                • mona@howardcountyissues.org
                  I respectfully disagree. Endorsement by the teacher s [U]nion prioritizes teachers while the hcpss board of education candidates who will work for citizens are
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                    I respectfully disagree.

                    Endorsement by the teacher's [U]nion prioritizes teachers while the hcpss
                    board of education candidates who will work for citizens are pro student
                    as a priority. Pro union positions gather votes and is akin to the
                    popularity contest this candidate professes to dismiss. Public education
                    is the only industry who takes a holiday on election day and they all vote
                    as a result.

                    Civility is great in our schools, but improvements are made when those
                    elected care deeply about ideas and moving forward rather than filter each
                    constructive thought through a homogenous screen.

                    There was no transparency to be detected in the message from candidate
                    Viallencourt, though I'm very impressed with Jack's comments in general.

                    Thanks for reading my input.

                    Mona Brinegar





                    > Now this is transparency . I researched Cynthia Vaillancourt on
                    > howardpubliced and beginning Jan 2 2004 I found that she authored 1622
                    > posts . One thousand , six hundred and twenty two very good posts .
                    > Now that is a fine example of a commitment to our educational issues .
                    > I would love to see the rest of the candidates for BOE enter into
                    > discussions here at howardpubliced given the level of standards that
                    > Ms. Vaillancourt has set here .
                    >
                    > Jack
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@...>
                    > wrote:
                    >>
                    >> For the sake of transparency I researched David Thalheimer
                    >> Candidate, Howard County Board of Education on howardpubliced and
                    >> found he authored 149 posts beginning Nov. 7 2008 until now . Many
                    >> of his posts spoke of transparency and solutions . In particular his
                    >> website lists all of the canidates for BOE . That list and a simple
                    >> advanced search of howardpubliced archives reveals a lot about our
                    >> candidates . I will continue to search the archives for posts of
                    >> other candidates .
                    >>
                    >> Howardpubliced has established itself in the community as a open
                    >> forum for education discussions . For that reason I truly hope that
                    >> all the candidates will choose to both use howardpubliced to openly
                    >> discuss the issues as well as promote howardpubliced for this use .
                    >>
                    >> Jack
                    >>
                    >>
                    >> Entering the Race Message List
                    >>
                    >> Reply Message #27376 of 27527 < Prev | Next >
                    >>
                    >> Friends and Neighbors:
                    >>
                    >>
                    >>
                    >> I'm happy to announce that I have just filed as a candidate for the
                    >> Howard County Board of Education. This was not an easy commitment to
                    >> make, but as a parent with four children currently in the public school
                    >> system, I felt that I needed to take action to help improve the quality
                    >> of education available to all of our kids. Howard County already has
                    >> what many consider to be a good school system compared with the rest of
                    >> the country, but I believe that improvement is both necessary and
                    >> possible. With the wealth of resources available in Howard County,
                    >> including our active and involved parents, we should have no less than
                    >> one of the world's best school systems.
                    >>
                    >>
                    >>
                    >> I will not be content until we have exhausted all possible methods for
                    >> improving the quality of education for all students. In particular, I
                    >> would like to push for enhancements in the math, science, and technology
                    >> curricula to help keep the United States in a strong economic position
                    >> relative to those nations currently challenging us. The current board is
                    >> satisfied with the current state of our educational system and has made
                    >> no effort to make the changes necessary for us to reach an even higher
                    >> level of performance. However, no great business has ever succeeded by
                    >> being complacent. They succeed by relentlessly striving to be the best
                    >> through a continuous process of self evaluation and reinvention. We need
                    >> to take a critical look at what we do well and not so well and reinvent
                    >> our school system until our children have the best preparation and
                    >> opportunities we can give them.
                    >>
                    >>
                    >>
                    >> Before such improvements will be possible, however, the Board of
                    >> Education needs to provide greater transparency by making all reports
                    >> and performance metrics available to the public via its web site and by
                    >> creating online discussion boards, blogs and wikis to improve two-way
                    >> communication between the Board, school system employees and parents.
                    >> The Board needs to ensure that the central office and each individual
                    >> school formally and proactively solicit the input and participation of
                    >> parents and teachers in educational decisions affecting their school. No
                    >> school should ever find itself in the position that the Cradlerock
                    >> School found itself last month. For more details, please read my blog at
                    >> http://blog.betterboardofed.org
                    >>
                    >>
                    >>
                    >> I look forward to hearing your concerns and winning your support. You
                    >> can find out more about me and about all the other candidates by
                    >> visiting my web site, www.betterboardofed.org, or my Facebook page.
                    >> Please consider supporting my campaign by donating or volunteering.
                    >> Together, we can build a better Board of Education and one of the best
                    >> school systems in the world.
                    >>
                    >>
                    >>
                    >> David Thalheimer
                    >>
                    >> Candidate, Howard County Board of Education
                    >>
                    >> david@
                    >>
                    >> On Facebook: "Citizens for David Thalheimer "
                    >>
                    >>
                    >>
                    >> --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@>
                    >> wrote:
                    >> >
                    >> >
                    >> > Re: bloggers -- candidate "forum"
                    >> >
                    >> > I did a search for Samdra French on howardpubliced and seem to have
                    >> found that she authored 13 posts on this group . Between Sept 4 and
                    >> Uct 19 2006 she made 10 posts and the other 3 were made over the last
                    >> 4 years . 2006 was an election year .
                    >> >
                    >> > For the sake of transparency it appears that Sandrs French is a
                    >> member of this group and so I would personally like to invite her to
                    >> join the Howard county community in an open , transparent and
                    >> ongoing discussion of the educational issues in Howard county . Kind
                    >> of a trial by fire approach into what our candidates for BOE will
                    >> offer us if elected .
                    >> >
                    >> > I moved this post forward because of the concept it offered and
                    >> because of the openness that howardpubliced provides I see a real
                    >> opportunity to expand it . A honest opportunity for the public to
                    >> look at our candidates in depth .
                    >> >
                    >> > Jack
                    >> >
                    >> >
                    >> >
                    >> > --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, sandra_french@ wrote:
                    >> > >
                    >> > > I thought they were due on October 1st. That's what the article
                    >> says.
                    >> > >
                    >> > > --
                    >> > > Sandra H. French, Candidate
                    >> > > Board of Education of Howard County
                    >> > > (410) 531-2394 (H)
                    >> > > (410) 241-5247 (C)
                    >> > > www.sandrafrench.org
                    >> > >
                    >> > >
                    >> > >
                    >> > > -------------- Original message --------------
                    >> > > From: "Allen Dyer" <aldyer@>
                    >> > >
                    >> > > i'm busy working on my answers to the bloggers' questions--they are
                    >> due monday.
                    >> > >
                    >> > > should be interesting.
                    >> > >
                    >> > > allen
                    >> > >
                    >> > > ----- Original Message -----
                    >> > > From: NewsDelivery@
                    >> > > To: aldyer@
                    >> > > Sent: Saturday, September 30, 2006 2:32 PM
                    >> > > Subject: News Story From allen dyer and Howard County Times
                    >> > >
                    >> > >
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                    >> > > September 30, 2006
                    >> > >
                    >> > >
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                    >> > > sponsored by
                    >> > > Connect2MDHomes.com
                    >> > >
                    >> > > Howard County, Maryland
                    >> > >
                    >> > > Light rain 59°F
                    >> > > Weather Center
                    >> > > by Intellicast Weather
                    >> > >
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                    >> > > Search
                    >> > >
                    >> > > Archives News Authors Classifieds Coupons Directories Events
                    >> > > Search tips Advanced
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                    >> > > Should Merriweather be converted into a year-round music venue?
                    >> > > Yes
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                    >> > > Local TV Listings
                    >> > >
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                    >> > > Local bloggers gear up for elections
                    >> > >
                    >> > > 09/28/06
                    >> > > By Nate Sandstrom
                    >> > >
                    >> > > Email this story to a friend
                    >> > >
                    >> > > A group of Howard County bloggers say they have an alternative to
                    >> what they call the "sound bite" coverage of local elections through
                    >> the media and traditional political forums.
                    >> > > They are conducting an online forum in which candidates can give
                    >> unedited answers to a series of questions and readers can, in turn,
                    >> respond to the candidates.
                    >> > > "One of the reasons we're doing this is to get something more active
                    >> and more in-depth than most (political) forums" can offer, said
                    >> David Keelan, 42, of Ellicott City, one of four local men who make
                    >> up the Howard County Bloggers Association, which is conducting the
                    >> forum.
                    >> > > Blogs are personal Web logs that offer commentary, links to other
                    >> sites and other information. Most allow visitors to respond with
                    >> comments, setting up an online venue for discussion.
                    >> > > Although the members of the Howard County bloggers group discuss
                    >> numerous issues on their sites, all four devote space to local
                    >> issues and politics.
                    >> > > The bloggers --ÊKeelan, Ian Kennedy, David Wissing and Evan Coren
                    >> --Êsay theirs might be the first candidates forum hosted via blog
                    >> and hope the medium will offer a unique way for voters to learn
                    >> about and interact with candidates.
                    >> > > On Sept. 14, the men -- two Republicans and two Democrats -- sent 15
                    >> questions to candidates for the county Board of Education, county
                    >> executive, County Council, and 16 questions to those seeking local
                    >> seats in the Maryland General Assembly.
                    >> > > Candidates have until Oct. 1 to respond to the questions, at which
                    >> time Keelan, a Republican, will separate the responses by contest
                    >> and set up threads to which visitors can comment or submit
                    >> questions, and to which the candidates can post a response.
                    >> > > "The nice part about this whole process is the candidate's response
                    >> is unedited," said Coren, 27, a Columbia Democrat.
                    >> > > Kennedy, a 29-year-old Democrat, writes a blog called HoCo Hayduke
                    >> while Wissing, a 31-year-old Republican, authors the Hedgehog
                    >> Report. Neither could be reached for comment.
                    >> > > Although the group is split along traditional party lines, the
                    >> bloggers spent more time debating how many questions to ask
                    >> candidates than whether the content of their questions was too
                    >> partisan, Keelan said.
                    >> > > "We all want this to work and we all want it to be fair, so we had
                    >> to compromise," he added. "In the end we were all happy."
                    >> > > Candidates notice blogs
                    >> > > Several candidates said they have taken notice of the blogs.
                    >> > > Don Dunn, 77, a Democrat running for the County Council seat in
                    >> District 5, said he supports the bloggers' involvement in the
                    >> political arena.
                    >> > > "I wish more people would get more interested in the political
                    >> spectrum," he said. "The younger generation is not getting involved.
                    >> If bloggers can help correct this, that's fine as far as I'm
                    >> concerned."
                    >> > > Greg Fox, 39, a Republican who is opposing Dunn in District 5, said
                    >> he also plans to respond to the blog forum. Fox said blogs can be
                    >> helpful to local politics "as long as people take some of the stuff
                    >> with a grain of salt."
                    >> > > Readers should be critical of information posted anonymously by
                    >> blogs' readers, Fox said.
                    >> > > "I'm still not sure how many people are paying attention to them,"
                    >> said Fox, who received an in-kind campaign contribution from Wissing
                    >> in the form of an advertisement on Wissing's blog.
                    >> > > Traffic jumps on Election Day
                    >> > > Fox said he expected the blogs to attract traffic on election day
                    >> because the bloggers have the potential to post results as soon as
                    >> elections officials release them.
                    >> > > Keelan and Coren said the number of visits to their blogs jumped on
                    >> primary election day.
                    >> > > Keelan, who writes HoCoMD Blog, said he had more than 2,000 hits
                    >> each on election night and in the days before and after the
                    >> election. On most days he has about 400 unique visitors, he said.
                    >> > > Coren, who started writing Howard County Blog in January, said he
                    >> averages close to 100 visitors each day, but had almost 400 on
                    >> election night.
                    >> > > The bloggers group covered the election live from each party's
                    >> campaign headquarters, posting photos and results as they became
                    >> available.
                    >> > > As for the success of their forum, Keelan said the group will have
                    >> to wait and see what sort of response it attracts, adding that 10
                    >> candidates have replied to the forum or said they would reply.
                    >> > > "We're really depending on the candidates to take this as seriously
                    >> as we are," he said.
                    >> > > E-mail Nate Sandstrom at Nate Sandstrom@
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                  • cynthia vaillancourt
                    Mona, I m not sure where we disagree. As you point out, the Teacher s Union endorsement gives those endorsed a significant boost in the popularity contest
                    Message 7 of 14 , Jun 4 6:41 AM
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                      Mona,

                      I'm not sure where we disagree. 

                      As you point out, the Teacher's Union endorsement gives those endorsed a significant boost in the popularity contest aspect of the race.  Because of that, I am happy for two candidates I plan to support. 

                      I also agree that NOT receiving the teacher's Union's endorsement is also a good thing - as this Union is essentially a lobby group for one part of the community... which is NOT necessarily the same thing as advocating for the students or education in general.  I am not, therefore, surprised to have not been endorsed.  I have been critical of the HCEA in the past.  Though you apparently did not see those posts or hear those comments, I suspect someone one the HCEA committee did. 

                      As for my commitment to transparency, I will take your criticism to heart and find a way to more forcefully present this commitment, though I thought my record on this topic was fairly clear. 

                      Many thanks,
                      Cindy Vaillancourt
                      candidate, BOE


                      To: howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com
                      From: mona@...
                      Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 04:06:39 -0700
                      Subject: Re: [howardpubliced] Re: Transparency

                       
                      I respectfully disagree.

                      Endorsement by the teacher's [U]nion prioritizes teachers while the hcpss
                      board of education candidates who will work for citizens are pro student
                      as a priority. Pro union positions gather votes and is akin to the
                      popularity contest this candidate professes to dismiss. Public education
                      is the only industry who takes a holiday on election day and they all vote
                      as a result.

                      Civility is great in our schools, but improvements are made when those
                      elected care deeply about ideas and moving forward rather than filter each
                      constructive thought through a homogenous screen.

                      There was no transparency to be detected in the message from candidate
                      Viallencourt, though I'm very impressed with Jack's comments in general.

                      Thanks for reading my input.

                      Mona Brinegar

                      > Now this is transparency . I researched Cynthia Vaillancourt on
                      > howardpubliced and beginning Jan 2 2004 I found that she authored 1622
                      > posts . One thousand , six hundred and twenty two very good posts .
                      > Now that is a fine example of a commitment to our educational issues .
                      > I would love to see the rest of the candidates for BOE enter into
                      > discussions here at howardpubliced given the level of standards that
                      > Ms. Vaillancourt has set here .
                      >
                      > Jack
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      > --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@...>
                      > wrote:
                      >>
                      >> For the sake of transparency I researched David Thalheimer
                      >> Candidate, Howard County Board of Education on howardpubliced and
                      >> found he authored 149 posts beginning Nov. 7 2008 until now . Many
                      >> of his posts spoke of transparency and solutions . In particular his
                      >> website lists all of the canidates for BOE . That list and a simple
                      >> advanced search of howardpubliced archives reveals a lot about our
                      >> candidates . I will continue to search the archives for posts of
                      >> other candidates .
                      >>
                      >> Howardpubliced has established itself in the community as a open
                      >> forum for education discussions . For that reason I truly hope that
                      >> all the candidates will choose to both use howardpubliced to openly
                      >> discuss the issues as well as promote howardpubliced for this use .
                      >>
                      >> Jack
                      >>
                      >>
                      >> Entering the Race Message List
                      >>
                      >> Reply Message #27376 of 27527 < Prev | Next >
                      >>
                      >> Friends and Neighbors:
                      >>
                      >>
                      >>
                      >> I'm happy to announce that I have just filed as a candidate for the
                      >> Howard County Board of Education. This was not an easy commitment to
                      >> make, but as a parent with four children currently in the public school
                      >> system, I felt that I needed to take action to help improve the quality
                      >> of education available to all of our kids. Howard County already has
                      >> what many consider to be a good school system compared with the rest of
                      >> the country, but I believe that improvement is both necessary and
                      >> possible. With the wealth of resources available in Howard County,
                      >> including our active and involved parents, we should have no less than
                      >> one of the world's best school systems.
                      >>
                      >>
                      >>
                      >> I will not be content until we have exhausted all possible methods for
                      >> improving the quality of education for all students. In particular, I
                      >> would like to push for enhancements in the math, science, and technology
                      >> curricula to help keep the United States in a strong economic position
                      >> relative to those nations currently challenging us. The current board is
                      >> satisfied with the current state of our educational system and has made
                      >> no effort to make the changes necessary for us to reach an even higher
                      >> level of performance. However, no great business has ever succeeded by
                      >> being complacent. They succeed by relentlessly striving to be the best
                      >> through a continuous process of self evaluation and reinvention. We need
                      >> to take a critical look at what we do well and not so well and reinvent
                      >> our school system until our children have the best preparation and
                      >> opportunities we can give them.
                      >>
                      >>
                      >>
                      >> Before such improvements will be possible, however, the Board of
                      >> Education needs to provide greater transparency by making all reports
                      >> and performance metrics available to the public via its web site and by
                      >> creating online discussion boards, blogs and wikis to improve two-way
                      >> communication between the Board, school system employees and parents.
                      >> The Board needs to ensure that the central office and each individual
                      >> school formally and proactively solicit the input and participation of
                      >> parents and teachers in educational decisions affecting their school. No
                      >> school should ever find itself in the position that the Cradlerock
                      >> School found itself last month. For more details, please read my blog at
                      >> http://blog.betterboardofed.org.
                      >>
                      >>
                      >>
                      >> I look forward to hearing your concerns and winning your support. You
                      >> can find out more about me and about all the other candidates by
                      >> visiting my web site, www.betterboardofed.org, or my Facebook page.
                      >> Please consider supporting my campaign by donating or volunteering.
                      >> Together, we can build a better Board of Education and one of the best
                      >> school systems in the world.
                      >>
                      >>
                      >>
                      >> David Thalheimer
                      >>
                      >> Candidate, Howard County Board of Education
                      >>
                      >> david@
                      >>
                      >> On Facebook: "Citizens for David Thalheimer "
                      >>
                      >>
                      >>
                      >> --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@>
                      >> wrote:
                      >> >
                      >> >
                      >> > Re: bloggers -- candidate "forum"
                      >> >
                      >> > I did a search for Samdra French on howardpubliced and seem to have
                      >> found that she authored 13 posts on this group . Between Sept 4 and
                      >> Uct 19 2006 she made 10 posts and the other 3 were made over the last
                      >> 4 years . 2006 was an election year .
                      >> >
                      >> > For the sake of transparency it appears that Sandrs French is a
                      >> member of this group and so I would personally like to invite her to
                      >> join the Howard county community in an open , transparent and
                      >> ongoing discussion of the educational issues in Howard county . Kind
                      >> of a trial by fire approach into what our candidates for BOE will
                      >> offer us if elected .
                      >> >
                      >> > I moved this post forward because of the concept it offered and
                      >> because of the openness that howardpubliced provides I see a real
                      >> opportunity to expand it . A honest opportunity for the public to
                      >> look at our candidates in depth .
                      >> >
                      >> > Jack
                      >> >
                      >> >
                      >> >
                      >> > --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, sandra_french@ wrote:
                      >> > >
                      >> > > I thought they were due on October 1st. That's what the article
                      >> says.
                      >> > >
                      >> > > --
                      >> > > Sandra H. French, Candidate
                      >> > > Board of Education of Howard County
                      >> > > (410) 531-2394 (H)
                      >> > > (410) 241-5247 (C)
                      >> > > www.sandrafrench.org
                      >> > >
                      >> > >
                      >> > >
                      >> > > -------------- Original message --------------
                      >> > > From: "Allen Dyer" <aldyer@>
                      >> > >
                      >> > > i'm busy working on my answers to the bloggers' questions--they are
                      >> due monday.
                      >> > >
                      >> > > should be interesting.
                      >> > >
                      >> > > allen
                      >> > >
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                      >> > >
                      >> > > 09/28/06
                      >> > > By Nate Sandstrom
                      >> > >
                      >> > > Email this story to a friend
                      >> > >
                      >> > > A group of Howard County bloggers say they have an alternative to
                      >> what they call the "sound bite" coverage of local elections through
                      >> the media and traditional political forums.
                      >> > > They are conducting an online forum in which candidates can give
                      >> unedited answers to a series of questions and readers can, in turn,
                      >> respond to the candidates.
                      >> > > "One of the reasons we're doing this is to get something more active
                      >> and more in-depth than most (political) forums" can offer, said
                      >> David Keelan, 42, of Ellicott City, one of four local men who make
                      >> up the Howard County Bloggers Association, which is conducting the
                      >> forum.
                      >> > > Blogs are personal Web logs that offer commentary, links to other
                      >> sites and other information. Most allow visitors to respond with
                      >> comments, setting up an online venue for discussion.
                      >> > > Although the members of the Howard County bloggers group discuss
                      >> numerous issues on their sites, all four devote space to local
                      >> issues and politics.
                      >> > > The bloggers --ÊKeelan, Ian Kennedy, David Wissing and Evan Coren
                      >> --Êsay theirs might be the first candidates forum hosted via blog
                      >> and hope the medium will offer a unique way for voters to learn
                      >> about and interact with candidates.
                      >> > > On Sept. 14, the men -- two Republicans and two Democrats -- sent 15
                      >> questions to candidates for the county Board of Education, county
                      >> executive, County Council, and 16 questions to those seeking local
                      >> seats in the Maryland General Assembly.
                      >> > > Candidates have until Oct. 1 to respond to the questions, at which
                      >> time Keelan, a Republican, will separate the responses by contest
                      >> and set up threads to which visitors can comment or submit
                      >> questions, and to which the candidates can post a response.
                      >> > > "The nice part about this whole process is the candidate's response
                      >> is unedited," said Coren, 27, a Columbia Democrat.
                      >> > > Kennedy, a 29-year-old Democrat, writes a blog called HoCo Hayduke
                      >> while Wissing, a 31-year-old Republican, authors the Hedgehog
                      >> Report. Neither could be reached for comment.
                      >> > > Although the group is split along traditional party lines, the
                      >> bloggers spent more time debating how many questions to ask
                      >> candidates than whether the content of their questions was too
                      >> partisan, Keelan said.
                      >> > > "We all want this to work and we all want it to be fair, so we had
                      >> to compromise," he added. "In the end we were all happy."
                      >> > > Candidates notice blogs
                      >> > > Several candidates said they have taken notice of the blogs.
                      >> > > Don Dunn, 77, a Democrat running for the County Council seat in
                      >> District 5, said he supports the bloggers' involvement in the
                      >> political arena.
                      >> > > "I wish more people would get more interested in the political
                      >> spectrum," he said. "The younger generation is not getting involved.
                      >> If bloggers can help correct this, that's fine as far as I'm
                      >> concerned."
                      >> > > Greg Fox, 39, a Republican who is opposing Dunn in District 5, said
                      >> he also plans to respond to the blog forum. Fox said blogs can be
                      >> helpful to local politics "as long as people take some of the stuff
                      >> with a grain of salt."
                      >> > > Readers should be critical of information posted anonymously by
                      >> blogs' readers, Fox said.
                      >> > > "I'm still not sure how many people are paying attention to them,"
                      >> said Fox, who received an in-kind campaign contribution from Wissing
                      >> in the form of an advertisement on Wissing's blog.
                      >> > > Traffic jumps on Election Day
                      >> > > Fox said he expected the blogs to attract traffic on election day
                      >> because the bloggers have the potential to post results as soon as
                      >> elections officials release them.
                      >> > > Keelan and Coren said the number of visits to their blogs jumped on
                      >> primary election day.
                      >> > > Keelan, who writes HoCoMD Blog, said he had more than 2,000 hits
                      >> each on election night and in the days before and after the
                      >> election. On most days he has about 400 unique visitors, he said.
                      >> > > Coren, who started writing Howard County Blog in January, said he
                      >> averages close to 100 visitors each day, but had almost 400 on
                      >> election night.
                      >> > > The bloggers group covered the election live from each party's
                      >> campaign headquarters, posting photos and results as they became
                      >> available.
                      >> > > As for the success of their forum, Keelan said the group will have
                      >> to wait and see what sort of response it attracts, adding that 10
                      >> candidates have replied to the forum or said they would reply.
                      >> > > "We're really depending on the candidates to take this as seriously
                      >> as we are," he said.
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                    • cynthia vaillancourt
                      Thank you for providing this research, Jack. Anyone interested in learning about how and what I think can look into the archives here --- or just ask me. Cindy
                      Message 8 of 14 , Jun 4 7:24 AM
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                        Thank you for providing this research, Jack. 

                        Anyone interested in learning about how and what I think can look into the archives here --- or just ask me. 

                        Cindy Vaillancourt
                        candidate, boe



                        To: howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com
                        From: pamythompson@...
                        Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 04:48:02 +0000
                        Subject: [howardpubliced] Re: Transparency

                         
                        Now this is transparency . I researched Cynthia Vaillancourt on howardpubliced and beginning Jan 2 2004 I found that she authored 1622 posts . One thousand , six hundred and twenty two very good posts . Now that is a fine example of a commitment to our educational issues . I would love to see the rest of the candidates for BOE enter into discussions here at howardpubliced given the level of standards that Ms. Vaillancourt has set here .

                        Jack

                        --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@...> wrote:
                        >
                        > For the sake of transparency I researched David Thalheimer Candidate, Howard County Board of Education on howardpubliced and found he authored 149 posts beginning Nov. 7 2008 until now . Many of his posts spoke of transparency and solutions . In particular his website lists all of the canidates for BOE . That list and a simple advanced search of howardpubliced archives reveals a lot about our candidates . I will continue to search the archives for posts of other candidates .
                        >
                        > Howardpubliced has established itself in the community as a open forum for education discussions . For that reason I truly hope that all the candidates will choose to both use howardpubliced to openly discuss the issues as well as promote howardpubliced for this use .
                        >
                        > Jack
                        >
                        >
                        > Entering the Race Message List
                        >
                        > Reply Message #27376 of 27527 < Prev | Next >
                        >
                        > Friends and Neighbors:
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        > I'm happy to announce that I have just filed as a candidate for the Howard County Board of Education. This was not an easy commitment to make, but as a parent with four children currently in the public school system, I felt that I needed to take action to help improve the quality of education available to all of our kids. Howard County already has what many consider to be a good school system compared with the rest of the country, but I believe that improvement is both necessary and possible. With the wealth of resources available in Howard County, including our active and involved parents, we should have no less than one of the world's best school systems.
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        > I will not be content until we have exhausted all possible methods for improving the quality of education for all students. In particular, I would like to push for enhancements in the math, science, and technology curricula to help keep the United States in a strong economic position relative to those nations currently challenging us. The current board is satisfied with the current state of our educational system and has made no effort to make the changes necessary for us to reach an even higher level of performance. However, no great business has ever succeeded by being complacent. They succeed by relentlessly striving to be the best through a continuous process of self evaluation and reinvention. We need to take a critical look at what we do well and not so well and reinvent our school system until our children have the best preparation and opportunities we can give them.
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        > Before such improvements will be possible, however, the Board of Education needs to provide greater transparency by making all reports and performance metrics available to the public via its web site and by creating online discussion boards, blogs and wikis to improve two-way communication between the Board, school system employees and parents. The Board needs to ensure that the central office and each individual school formally and proactively solicit the input and participation of parents and teachers in educational decisions affecting their school. No school should ever find itself in the position that the Cradlerock School found itself last month. For more details, please read my blog at http://blog.betterboardofed.org.
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        > I look forward to hearing your concerns and winning your support. You can find out more about me and about all the other candidates by visiting my web site, www.betterboardofed.org, or my Facebook page. Please consider supporting my campaign by donating or volunteering. Together, we can build a better Board of Education and one of the best school systems in the world.
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        > David Thalheimer
                        >
                        > Candidate, Howard County Board of Education
                        >
                        > david@
                        >
                        > On Facebook: "Citizens for David Thalheimer "
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        > --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@> wrote:
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > Re: bloggers -- candidate "forum"
                        > >
                        > > I did a search for Samdra French on howardpubliced and seem to have found that she authored 13 posts on this group . Between Sept 4 and Uct 19 2006 she made 10 posts and the other 3 were made over the last 4 years . 2006 was an election year .
                        > >
                        > > For the sake of transparency it appears that Sandrs French is a member of this group and so I would personally like to invite her to join the Howard county community in an open , transparent and ongoing discussion of the educational issues in Howard county . Kind of a trial by fire approach into what our candidates for BOE will offer us if elected .
                        > >
                        > > I moved this post forward because of the concept it offered and because of the openness that howardpubliced provides I see a real opportunity to expand it . A honest opportunity for the public to look at our candidates in depth .
                        > >
                        > > Jack
                        > >
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, sandra_french@ wrote:
                        > > >
                        > > > I thought they were due on October 1st. That's what the article says.
                        > > >
                        > > > --
                        > > > Sandra H. French, Candidate
                        > > > Board of Education of Howard County
                        > > > (410) 531-2394 (H)
                        > > > (410) 241-5247 (C)
                        > > > www.sandrafrench.org
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > > > -------------- Original message --------------
                        > > > From: "Allen Dyer" <aldyer@>
                        > > >
                        > > > i'm busy working on my answers to the bloggers' questions--they are due monday.
                        > > >
                        > > > should be interesting.
                        > > >
                        > > > allen
                        > > >
                        > > > ----- Original Message -----
                        > > > From: NewsDelivery@
                        > > > To: aldyer@
                        > > > Sent: Saturday, September 30, 2006 2:32 PM
                        > > > Subject: News Story From allen dyer and Howard County Times
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > > > September 30, 2006
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > > > Weather Center
                        > > > sponsored by
                        > > > Connect2MDHomes.com
                        > > >
                        > > > Howard County, Maryland
                        > > >
                        > > > Light rain 59°F
                        > > > Weather Center
                        > > > by Intellicast Weather
                        > > >
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                        > > > Search
                        > > >
                        > > > Archives News Authors Classifieds Coupons Directories Events
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                        > > > Should Merriweather be converted into a year-round music venue?
                        > > > Yes
                        > > > No
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > > > Features
                        > > > Local TV Listings
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > > > Local bloggers gear up for elections
                        > > >
                        > > > 09/28/06
                        > > > By Nate Sandstrom
                        > > >
                        > > > Email this story to a friend
                        > > >
                        > > > A group of Howard County bloggers say they have an alternative to what they call the "sound bite" coverage of local elections through the media and traditional political forums.
                        > > > They are conducting an online forum in which candidates can give unedited answers to a series of questions and readers can, in turn, respond to the candidates.
                        > > > "One of the reasons we're doing this is to get something more active and more in-depth than most (political) forums" can offer, said David Keelan, 42, of Ellicott City, one of four local men who make up the Howard County Bloggers Association, which is conducting the forum.
                        > > > Blogs are personal Web logs that offer commentary, links to other sites and other information. Most allow visitors to respond with comments, setting up an online venue for discussion.
                        > > > Although the members of the Howard County bloggers group discuss numerous issues on their sites, all four devote space to local issues and politics.
                        > > > The bloggers --ÊKeelan, Ian Kennedy, David Wissing and Evan Coren --Êsay theirs might be the first candidates forum hosted via blog and hope the medium will offer a unique way for voters to learn about and interact with candidates.
                        > > > On Sept. 14, the men -- two Republicans and two Democrats -- sent 15 questions to candidates for the county Board of Education, county executive, County Council, and 16 questions to those seeking local seats in the Maryland General Assembly.
                        > > > Candidates have until Oct. 1 to respond to the questions, at which time Keelan, a Republican, will separate the responses by contest and set up threads to which visitors can comment or submit questions, and to which the candidates can post a response.
                        > > > "The nice part about this whole process is the candidate's response is unedited," said Coren, 27, a Columbia Democrat.
                        > > > Kennedy, a 29-year-old Democrat, writes a blog called HoCo Hayduke while Wissing, a 31-year-old Republican, authors the Hedgehog Report. Neither could be reached for comment.
                        > > > Although the group is split along traditional party lines, the bloggers spent more time debating how many questions to ask candidates than whether the content of their questions was too partisan, Keelan said.
                        > > > "We all want this to work and we all want it to be fair, so we had to compromise," he added. "In the end we were all happy."
                        > > > Candidates notice blogs
                        > > > Several candidates said they have taken notice of the blogs.
                        > > > Don Dunn, 77, a Democrat running for the County Council seat in District 5, said he supports the bloggers' involvement in the political arena.
                        > > > "I wish more people would get more interested in the political spectrum," he said. "The younger generation is not getting involved. If bloggers can help correct this, that's fine as far as I'm concerned."
                        > > > Greg Fox, 39, a Republican who is opposing Dunn in District 5, said he also plans to respond to the blog forum. Fox said blogs can be helpful to local politics "as long as people take some of the stuff with a grain of salt."
                        > > > Readers should be critical of information posted anonymously by blogs' readers, Fox said.
                        > > > "I'm still not sure how many people are paying attention to them," said Fox, who received an in-kind campaign contribution from Wissing in the form of an advertisement on Wissing's blog.
                        > > > Traffic jumps on Election Day
                        > > > Fox said he expected the blogs to attract traffic on election day because the bloggers have the potential to post results as soon as elections officials release them.
                        > > > Keelan and Coren said the number of visits to their blogs jumped on primary election day.
                        > > > Keelan, who writes HoCoMD Blog, said he had more than 2,000 hits each on election night and in the days before and after the election. On most days he has about 400 unique visitors, he said.
                        > > > Coren, who started writing Howard County Blog in January, said he averages close to 100 visitors each day, but had almost 400 on election night.
                        > > > The bloggers group covered the election live from each party's campaign headquarters, posting photos and results as they became available.
                        > > > As for the success of their forum, Keelan said the group will have to wait and see what sort of response it attracts, adding that 10 candidates have replied to the forum or said they would reply.
                        > > > "We're really depending on the candidates to take this as seriously as we are," he said.
                        > > > E-mail Nate Sandstrom at Nate Sandstrom@
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                      • MICHELLE WOOD
                        I m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that you would never get their endorsement, no matter what you said because you had the audacity to send one
                        Message 9 of 14 , Jun 4 7:31 AM
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                          I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that you would never get their endorsement, no matter what you said because you had the "audacity" to send one of your children to private school.  I was not surprised by the Proudfoot endorsement, but I was surprised that they didn't endorse Sandra French - I wonder what she did to tick them off!
                           
                           
                          -----Original Message-----
                          From: howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com [mailto:howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of cynthia vaillancourt
                          Sent: Friday, June 04, 2010 9:42 AM
                          To: howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com
                          Subject: RE: [howardpubliced] Re: Transparency

                           

                          Mona,

                          I'm not sure where we disagree. 

                          As you point out, the Teacher's Union endorsement gives those endorsed a significant boost in the popularity contest aspect of the race.  Because of that, I am happy for two candidates I plan to support. 

                          I also agree that NOT receiving the teacher's Union's endorsement is also a good thing - as this Union is essentially a lobby group for one part of the community... which is NOT necessarily the same thing as advocating for the students or education in general.  I am not, therefore, surprised to have not been endorsed.  I have been critical of the HCEA in the past.  Though you apparently did not see those posts or hear those comments, I suspect someone one the HCEA committee did. 

                          As for my commitment to transparency, I will take your criticism to heart and find a way to more forcefully present this commitment, though I thought my record on this topic was fairly clear. 

                          Many thanks,
                          Cindy Vaillancourt
                          candidate, BOE


                          To: howardpubliced@ yahoogroups. com
                          From: mona@howardcountyis sues.org
                          Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 04:06:39 -0700
                          Subject: Re: [howardpubliced] Re: Transparency

                           
                          I respectfully disagree.

                          Endorsement by the teacher's [U]nion prioritizes teachers while the hcpss
                          board of education candidates who will work for citizens are pro student
                          as a priority. Pro union positions gather votes and is akin to the
                          popularity contest this candidate professes to dismiss. Public education
                          is the only industry who takes a holiday on election day and they all vote
                          as a result.

                          Civility is great in our schools, but improvements are made when those
                          elected care deeply about ideas and moving forward rather than filter each
                          constructive thought through a homogenous screen.

                          There was no transparency to be detected in the message from candidate
                          Viallencourt, though I'm very impressed with Jack's comments in general.

                          Thanks for reading my input.

                          Mona Brinegar

                          > Now this is transparency . I researched Cynthia Vaillancourt on
                          > howardpubliced and beginning Jan 2 2004 I found that she authored 1622
                          > posts . One thousand , six hundred and twenty two very good posts .
                          > Now that is a fine example of a commitment to our educational issues .
                          > I would love to see the rest of the candidates for BOE enter into
                          > discussions here at howardpubliced given the level of standards that
                          > Ms. Vaillancourt has set here .
                          >
                          > Jack
                          >
                          >
                          >
                          > --- In howardpubliced@ yahoogroups. com, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@ ...>
                          > wrote:
                          >>
                          >> For the sake of transparency I researched David Thalheimer
                          >> Candidate, Howard County Board of Education on howardpubliced and
                          >> found he authored 149 posts beginning Nov. 7 2008 until now . Many
                          >> of his posts spoke of transparency and solutions . In particular his
                          >> website lists all of the canidates for BOE . That list and a simple
                          >> advanced search of howardpubliced archives reveals a lot about our
                          >> candidates . I will continue to search the archives for posts of
                          >> other candidates .
                          >>
                          >> Howardpubliced has established itself in the community as a open
                          >> forum for education discussions . For that reason I truly hope that
                          >> all the candidates will choose to both use howardpubliced to openly
                          >> discuss the issues as well as promote howardpubliced for this use .
                          >>
                          >> Jack
                          >>
                          >>
                          >> Entering the Race Message List
                          >>
                          >> Reply Message #27376 of 27527 < Prev | Next >
                          >>
                          >> Friends and Neighbors:
                          >>
                          >>
                          >>
                          >> I'm happy to announce that I have just filed as a candidate for the
                          >> Howard County Board of Education. This was not an easy commitment to
                          >> make, but as a parent with four children currently in the public school
                          >> system, I felt that I needed to take action to help improve the quality
                          >> of education available to all of our kids. Howard County already has
                          >> what many consider to be a good school system compared with the rest of
                          >> the country, but I believe that improvement is both necessary and
                          >> possible. With the wealth of resources available in Howard County,
                          >> including our active and involved parents, we should have no less than
                          >> one of the world's best school systems.
                          >>
                          >>
                          >>
                          >> I will not be content until we have exhausted all possible methods for
                          >> improving the quality of education for all students. In particular, I
                          >> would like to push for enhancements in the math, science, and technology
                          >> curricula to help keep the United States in a strong economic position
                          >> relative to those nations currently challenging us. The current board is
                          >> satisfied with the current state of our educational system and has made
                          >> no effort to make the changes necessary for us to reach an even higher
                          >> level of performance. However, no great business has ever succeeded by
                          >> being complacent. They succeed by relentlessly striving to be the best
                          >> through a continuous process of self evaluation and reinvention. We need
                          >> to take a critical look at what we do well and not so well and reinvent
                          >> our school system until our children have the best preparation and
                          >> opportunities we can give them.
                          >>
                          >>
                          >>
                          >> Before such improvements will be possible, however, the Board of
                          >> Education needs to provide greater transparency by making all reports
                          >> and performance metrics available to the public via its web site and by
                          >> creating online discussion boards, blogs and wikis to improve two-way
                          >> communication between the Board, school system employees and parents.
                          >> The Board needs to ensure that the central office and each individual
                          >> school formally and proactively solicit the input and participation of
                          >> parents and teachers in educational decisions affecting their school. No
                          >> school should ever find itself in the position that the Cradlerock
                          >> School found itself last month. For more details, please read my blog at
                          >> http://blog. betterboardofed. org.
                          >>
                          >>
                          >>
                          >> I look forward to hearing your concerns and winning your support. You
                          >> can find out more about me and about all the other candidates by
                          >> visiting my web site, www.betterboardofed .org, or my Facebook page.
                          >> Please consider supporting my campaign by donating or volunteering.
                          >> Together, we can build a better Board of Education and one of the best
                          >> school systems in the world.
                          >>
                          >>
                          >>
                          >> David Thalheimer
                          >>
                          >> Candidate, Howard County Board of Education
                          >>
                          >> david@
                          >>
                          >> On Facebook: "Citizens for David Thalheimer "
                          >>
                          >>
                          >>
                          >> --- In howardpubliced@ yahoogroups. com, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@>
                          >> wrote:
                          >> >
                          >> >
                          >> > Re: bloggers -- candidate "forum"
                          >> >
                          >> > I did a search for Samdra French on howardpubliced and seem to have
                          >> found that she authored 13 posts on this group . Between Sept 4 and
                          >> Uct 19 2006 she made 10 posts and the other 3 were made over the last
                          >> 4 years . 2006 was an election year .
                          >> >
                          >> > For the sake of transparency it appears that Sandrs French is a
                          >> member of this group and so I would personally like to invite her to
                          >> join the Howard county community in an open , transparent and
                          >> ongoing discussion of the educational issues in Howard county . Kind
                          >> of a trial by fire approach into what our candidates for BOE will
                          >> offer us if elected .
                          >> >
                          >> > I moved this post forward because of the concept it offered and
                          >> because of the openness that howardpubliced provides I see a real
                          >> opportunity to expand it . A honest opportunity for the public to
                          >> look at our candidates in depth .
                          >> >
                          >> > Jack
                          >> >
                          >> >
                          >> >
                          >> > --- In howardpubliced@ yahoogroups. com, sandra_french@ wrote:
                          >> > >
                          >> > > I thought they were due on October 1st. That's what the article
                          >> says.
                          >> > >
                          >> > > --
                          >> > > Sandra H. French, Candidate
                          >> > > Board of Education of Howard County
                          >> > > (410) 531-2394 (H)
                          >> > > (410) 241-5247 (C)
                          >> > > www.sandrafrench. org
                          >> > >
                          >> > >
                          >> > >
                          >> > > ------------ -- Original message ------------ --
                          >> > > From: "Allen Dyer" <aldyer@>
                          >> > >
                          >> > > i'm busy working on my answers to the bloggers' questions--they are
                          >> due monday.
                          >> > >
                          >> > > should be interesting.
                          >> > >
                          >> > > allen
                          >> > >
                          >> > > ----- Original Message -----
                          >> > > From: NewsDelivery@
                          >> > > To: aldyer@
                          >> > > Sent: Saturday, September 30, 2006 2:32 PM
                          >> > > Subject: News Story From allen dyer and Howard County Times
                          >> > >
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                          >> > > 09/28/06
                          >> > > By Nate Sandstrom
                          >> > >
                          >> > > Email this story to a friend
                          >> > >
                          >> > > A group of Howard County bloggers say they have an alternative to
                          >> what they call the "sound bite" coverage of local elections through
                          >> the media and traditional political forums.
                          >> > > They are conducting an online forum in which candidates can give
                          >> unedited answers to a series of questions and readers can, in turn,
                          >> respond to the candidates.
                          >> > > "One of the reasons we're doing this is to get something more active
                          >> and more in-depth than most (political) forums" can offer, said
                          >> David Keelan, 42, of Ellicott City, one of four local men who make
                          >> up the Howard County Bloggers Association, which is conducting the
                          >> forum.
                          >> > > Blogs are personal Web logs that offer commentary, links to other
                          >> sites and other information. Most allow visitors to respond with
                          >> comments, setting up an online venue for discussion.
                          >> > > Although the members of the Howard County bloggers group discuss
                          >> numerous issues on their sites, all four devote space to local
                          >> issues and politics.
                          >> > > The bloggers --ÊKeelan, Ian Kennedy, David Wissing and Evan Coren
                          >> --Êsay theirs might be the first candidates forum hosted via blog
                          >> and hope the medium will offer a unique way for voters to learn
                          >> about and interact with candidates.
                          >> > > On Sept. 14, the men -- two Republicans and two Democrats -- sent 15
                          >> questions to candidates for the county Board of Education, county
                          >> executive, County Council, and 16 questions to those seeking local
                          >> seats in the Maryland General Assembly.
                          >> > > Candidates have until Oct. 1 to respond to the questions, at which
                          >> time Keelan, a Republican, will separate the responses by contest
                          >> and set up threads to which visitors can comment or submit
                          >> questions, and to which the candidates can post a response.
                          >> > > "The nice part about this whole process is the candidate's response
                          >> is unedited," said Coren, 27, a Columbia Democrat.
                          >> > > Kennedy, a 29-year-old Democrat, writes a blog called HoCo Hayduke
                          >> while Wissing, a 31-year-old Republican, authors the Hedgehog
                          >> Report. Neither could be reached for comment.
                          >> > > Although the group is split along traditional party lines, the
                          >> bloggers spent more time debating how many questions to ask
                          >> candidates than whether the content of their questions was too
                          >> partisan, Keelan said.
                          >> > > "We all want this to work and we all want it to be fair, so we had
                          >> to compromise," he added. "In the end we were all happy."
                          >> > > Candidates notice blogs
                          >> > > Several candidates said they have taken notice of the blogs.
                          >> > > Don Dunn, 77, a Democrat running for the County Council seat in
                          >> District 5, said he supports the bloggers' involvement in the
                          >> political arena.
                          >> > > "I wish more people would get more interested in the political
                          >> spectrum," he said. "The younger generation is not getting involved.
                          >> If bloggers can help correct this, that's fine as far as I'm
                          >> concerned."
                          >> > > Greg Fox, 39, a Republican who is opposing Dunn in District 5, said
                          >> he also plans to respond to the blog forum. Fox said blogs can be
                          >> helpful to local politics "as long as people take some of the stuff
                          >> with a grain of salt."
                          >> > > Readers should be critical of information posted anonymously by
                          >> blogs' readers, Fox said.
                          >> > > "I'm still not sure how many people are paying attention to them,"
                          >> said Fox, who received an in-kind campaign contribution from Wissing
                          >> in the form of an advertisement on Wissing's blog.
                          >> > > Traffic jumps on Election Day
                          >> > > Fox said he expected the blogs to attract traffic on election day
                          >> because the bloggers have the potential to post results as soon as
                          >> elections officials release them.
                          >> > > Keelan and Coren said the number of visits to their blogs jumped on
                          >> primary election day.
                          >> > > Keelan, who writes HoCoMD Blog, said he had more than 2,000 hits
                          >> each on election night and in the days before and after the
                          >> election. On most days he has about 400 unique visitors, he said.
                          >> > > Coren, who started writing Howard County Blog in January, said he
                          >> averages close to 100 visitors each day, but had almost 400 on
                          >> election night.
                          >> > > The bloggers group covered the election live from each party's
                          >> campaign headquarters, posting photos and results as they became
                          >> available.
                          >> > > As for the success of their forum, Keelan said the group will have
                          >> to wait and see what sort of response it attracts, adding that 10
                          >> candidates have replied to the forum or said they would reply.
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                        • cynthia vaillancourt
                          They did not endorse her the last time, either. But, I do believe they endorsed her on a previous run. Although I am not a fan of Mrs. French because of her
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                            They did not endorse her the last time, either.  But, I do believe they endorsed her on a previous run.  Although I am not a fan of Mrs. French because of her specific positions on several issues and because of her complicity in the fiasco of the O'Rourke years - I find the HCEA's choice to shun her a feather in her cap.

                            I cannot speculate on what, specifically, she has done to alienate the Union since it seems to me she is one of those who are willing to throw the kids under the bus in order to supposedly "support" the teachers --- as in her comments about the current teacher assault policy under consideration --- and her previous support for the extra-curricular eligibility for rising 9th graders.

                            It is my fervent hope (optimistic though it may be) that Mrs. French will not be returned to the Board --- but it is a real shame that she has chosen to take all that energy and institutional memory and NOT use it for the betterment of the students in this county.

                            Cindy Vaillancourt
                            candidate, BOE


                            To: howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com
                            From: michelle_wood@...
                            Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 10:31:58 -0400
                            Subject: RE: [howardpubliced] Re: Transparency

                             

                            I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that you would never get their endorsement, no matter what you said because you had the "audacity" to send one of your children to private school.  I was not surprised by the Proudfoot endorsement, but I was surprised that they didn't endorse Sandra French - I wonder what she did to tick them off!
                             
                             
                            -----Original Message-----
                            From: howardpubliced@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:howardpubli ced@yahoogroups. com]On Behalf Of cynthia vaillancourt
                            Sent: Friday, June 04, 2010 9:42 AM
                            To: howardpubliced@ yahoogroups. com
                            Subject: RE: [howardpubliced] Re: Transparency

                             
                            Mona,

                            I'm not sure where we disagree. 

                            As you point out, the Teacher's Union endorsement gives those endorsed a significant boost in the popularity contest aspect of the race.  Because of that, I am happy for two candidates I plan to support. 

                            I also agree that NOT receiving the teacher's Union's endorsement is also a good thing - as this Union is essentially a lobby group for one part of the community... which is NOT necessarily the same thing as advocating for the students or education in general.  I am not, therefore, surprised to have not been endorsed.  I have been critical of the HCEA in the past.  Though you apparently did not see those posts or hear those comments, I suspect someone one the HCEA committee did. 

                            As for my commitment to transparency, I will take your criticism to heart and find a way to more forcefully present this commitment, though I thought my record on this topic was fairly clear. 

                            Many thanks,
                            Cindy Vaillancourt
                            candidate, BOE



                            To: howardpubliced@ yahoogroups. com
                            From: mona@howardcountyis sues.org
                            Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 04:06:39 -0700
                            Subject: Re: [howardpubliced] Re: Transparency

                             
                            I respectfully disagree.

                            Endorsement by the teacher's [U]nion prioritizes teachers while the hcpss
                            board of education candidates who will work for citizens are pro student
                            as a priority. Pro union positions gather votes and is akin to the
                            popularity contest this candidate professes to dismiss. Public education
                            is the only industry who takes a holiday on election day and they all vote
                            as a result.

                            Civility is great in our schools, but improvements are made when those
                            elected care deeply about ideas and moving forward rather than filter each
                            constructive thought through a homogenous screen.

                            There was no transparency to be detected in the message from candidate
                            Viallencourt, though I'm very impressed with Jack's comments in general.

                            Thanks for reading my input.

                            Mona Brinegar

                            > Now this is transparency . I researched Cynthia Vaillancourt on
                            > howardpubliced and beginning Jan 2 2004 I found that she authored 1622
                            > posts . One thousand , six hundred and twenty two very good posts .
                            > Now that is a fine example of a commitment to our educational issues .
                            > I would love to see the rest of the candidates for BOE enter into
                            > discussions here at howardpubliced given the level of standards that
                            > Ms. Vaillancourt has set here .
                            >
                            > Jack
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            > --- In howardpubliced@ yahoogroups. com, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@ ...>
                            > wrote:
                            >>
                            >> For the sake of transparency I researched David Thalheimer
                            >> Candidate, Howard County Board of Education on howardpubliced and
                            >> found he authored 149 posts beginning Nov. 7 2008 until now . Many
                            >> of his posts spoke of transparency and solutions . In particular his
                            >> website lists all of the canidates for BOE . That list and a simple
                            >> advanced search of howardpubliced archives reveals a lot about our
                            >> candidates . I will continue to search the archives for posts of
                            >> other candidates .
                            >>
                            >> Howardpubliced has established itself in the community as a open
                            >> forum for education discussions . For that reason I truly hope that
                            >> all the candidates will choose to both use howardpubliced to openly
                            >> discuss the issues as well as promote howardpubliced for this use .
                            >>
                            >> Jack
                            >>
                            >>
                            >> Entering the Race Message List
                            >>
                            >> Reply Message #27376 of 27527 < Prev | Next >
                            >>
                            >> Friends and Neighbors:
                            >>
                            >>
                            >>
                            >> I'm happy to announce that I have just filed as a candidate for the
                            >> Howard County Board of Education. This was not an easy commitment to
                            >> make, but as a parent with four children currently in the public school
                            >> system, I felt that I needed to take action to help improve the quality
                            >> of education available to all of our kids. Howard County already has
                            >> what many consider to be a good school system compared with the rest of
                            >> the country, but I believe that improvement is both necessary and
                            >> possible. With the wealth of resources available in Howard County,
                            >> including our active and involved parents, we should have no less than
                            >> one of the world's best school systems.
                            >>
                            >>
                            >>
                            >> I will not be content until we have exhausted all possible methods for
                            >> improving the quality of education for all students. In particular, I
                            >> would like to push for enhancements in the math, science, and technology
                            >> curricula to help keep the United States in a strong economic position
                            >> relative to those nations currently challenging us. The current board is
                            >> satisfied with the current state of our educational system and has made
                            >> no effort to make the changes necessary for us to reach an even higher
                            >> level of performance. However, no great business has ever succeeded by
                            >> being complacent. They succeed by relentlessly striving to be the best
                            >> through a continuous process of self evaluation and reinvention. We need
                            >> to take a critical look at what we do well and not so well and reinvent
                            >> our school system until our children have the best preparation and
                            >> opportunities we can give them.
                            >>
                            >>
                            >>
                            >> Before such improvements will be possible, however, the Board of
                            >> Education needs to provide greater transparency by making all reports
                            >> and performance metrics available to the public via its web site and by
                            >> creating online discussion boards, blogs and wikis to improve two-way
                            >> communication between the Board, school system employees and parents.
                            >> The Board needs to ensure that the central office and each individual
                            >> school formally and proactively solicit the input and participation of
                            >> parents and teachers in educational decisions affecting their school. No
                            >> school should ever find itself in the position that the Cradlerock
                            >> School found itself last month. For more details, please read my blog at
                            >> http://blog. betterboardofed. org.
                            >>
                            >>
                            >>
                            >> I look forward to hearing your concerns and winning your support. You
                            >> can find out more about me and about all the other candidates by
                            >> visiting my web site, www.betterboardofed .org, or my Facebook page.
                            >> Please consider supporting my campaign by donating or volunteering.
                            >> Together, we can build a better Board of Education and one of the best
                            >> school systems in the world.
                            >>
                            >>
                            >>
                            >> David Thalheimer
                            >>
                            >> Candidate, Howard County Board of Education
                            >>
                            >> david@
                            >>
                            >> On Facebook: "Citizens for David Thalheimer "
                            >>
                            >>
                            >>
                            >> --- In howardpubliced@ yahoogroups. com, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@>
                            >> wrote:
                            >> >
                            >> >
                            >> > Re: bloggers -- candidate "forum"
                            >> >
                            >> > I did a search for Samdra French on howardpubliced and seem to have
                            >> found that she authored 13 posts on this group . Between Sept 4 and
                            >> Uct 19 2006 she made 10 posts and the other 3 were made over the last
                            >> 4 years . 2006 was an election year .
                            >> >
                            >> > For the sake of transparency it appears that Sandrs French is a
                            >> member of this group and so I would personally like to invite her to
                            >> join the Howard county community in an open , transparent and
                            >> ongoing discussion of the educational issues in Howard county . Kind
                            >> of a trial by fire approach into what our candidates for BOE will
                            >> offer us if elected .
                            >> >
                            >> > I moved this post forward because of the concept it offered and
                            >> because of the openness that howardpubliced provides I see a real
                            >> opportunity to expand it . A honest opportunity for the public to
                            >> look at our candidates in depth .
                            >> >
                            >> > Jack
                            >> >
                            >> >
                            >> >
                            >> > --- In howardpubliced@ yahoogroups. com, sandra_french@ wrote:
                            >> > >
                            >> > > I thought they were due on October 1st. That's what the article
                            >> says.
                            >> > >
                            >> > > --
                            >> > > Sandra H. French, Candidate
                            >> > > Board of Education of Howard County
                            >> > > (410) 531-2394 (H)
                            >> > > (410) 241-5247 (C)
                            >> > > www.sandrafrench. org
                            >> > >
                            >> > >
                            >> > >
                            >> > > ------------ -- Original message ------------ --
                            >> > > From: "Allen Dyer" <aldyer@>
                            >> > >
                            >> > > i'm busy working on my answers to the bloggers' questions--they are
                            >> due monday.
                            >> > >
                            >> > > should be interesting.
                            >> > >
                            >> > > allen
                            >> > >
                            >> > > ----- Original Message -----
                            >> > > From: NewsDelivery@
                            >> > > To: aldyer@
                            >> > > Sent: Saturday, September 30, 2006 2:32 PM
                            >> > > Subject: News Story From allen dyer and Howard County Times
                            >> > >
                            >> > >
                            >> > >
                            >> > > September 30, 2006
                            >> > >
                            >> > >
                            >> > >
                            >> > > Weather Center
                            >> > > sponsored by
                            >> > > Connect2MDHomes. com
                            >> > >
                            >> > > Howard County, Maryland
                            >> > >
                            >> > > Light rain 59°F
                            >> > > Weather Center
                            >> > > by Intellicast Weather
                            >> > >
                            >> > >
                            >> > >
                            >> > > Search
                            >> > >
                            >> > > Archives News Authors Classifieds Coupons Directories Events
                            >> > > Search tips Advanced
                            >> > >
                            >> > >
                            >> > > Search Google
                            >> > >
                            >> > >
                            >> > >
                            >> > > Local Poll
                            >> > > Should Merriweather be converted into a year-round music venue?
                            >> > > Yes
                            >> > > No
                            >> > >
                            >> > >
                            >> > >
                            >> > > Features
                            >> > > Local TV Listings
                            >> > >
                            >> > >
                            >> > >
                            >> > >
                            >> > >
                            >> > > Local bloggers gear up for elections
                            >> > >
                            >> > > 09/28/06
                            >> > > By Nate Sandstrom
                            >> > >
                            >> > > Email this story to a friend
                            >> > >
                            >> > > A group of Howard County bloggers say they have an alternative to
                            >> what they call the "sound bite" coverage of local elections through
                            >> the media and traditional political forums.
                            >> > > They are conducting an online forum in which candidates can give
                            >> unedited answers to a series of questions and readers can, in turn,
                            >> respond to the candidates.
                            >> > > "One of the reasons we're doing this is to get something more active
                            >> and more in-depth than most (political) forums" can offer, said
                            >> David Keelan, 42, of Ellicott City, one of four local men who make
                            >> up the Howard County Bloggers Association, which is conducting the
                            >> forum.
                            >> > > Blogs are personal Web logs that offer commentary, links to other
                            >> sites and other information. Most allow visitors to respond with
                            >> comments, setting up an online venue for discussion.
                            >> > > Although the members of the Howard County bloggers group discuss
                            >> numerous issues on their sites, all four devote space to local
                            >> issues and politics.
                            >> > > The bloggers --ÊKeelan, Ian Kennedy, David Wissing and Evan Coren
                            >> --Êsay theirs might be the first candidates forum hosted via blog
                            >> and hope the medium will offer a unique way for voters to learn
                            >> about and interact with candidates.
                            >> > > On Sept. 14, the men -- two Republicans and two Democrats -- sent 15
                            >> questions to candidates for the county Board of Education, county
                            >> executive, County Council, and 16 questions to those seeking local
                            >> seats in the Maryland General Assembly.
                            >> > > Candidates have until Oct. 1 to respond to the questions, at which
                            >> time Keelan, a Republican, will separate the responses by contest
                            >> and set up threads to which visitors can comment or submit
                            >> questions, and to which the candidates can post a response.
                            >> > > "The nice part about this whole process is the candidate's response
                            >> is unedited," said Coren, 27, a Columbia Democrat.
                            >> > > Kennedy, a 29-year-old Democrat, writes a blog called HoCo Hayduke
                            >> while Wissing, a 31-year-old Republican, authors the Hedgehog
                            >> Report. Neither could be reached for comment.
                            >> > > Although the group is split along traditional party lines, the
                            >> bloggers spent more time debating how many questions to ask
                            >> candidates than whether the content of their questions was too
                            >> partisan, Keelan said.
                            >> > > "We all want this to work and we all want it to be fair, so we had
                            >> to compromise," he added. "In the end we were all happy."
                            >> > > Candidates notice blogs
                            >> > > Several candidates said they have taken notice of the blogs.
                            >> > > Don Dunn, 77, a Democrat running for the County Council seat in
                            >> District 5, said he supports the bloggers' involvement in the
                            >> political arena.
                            >> > > "I wish more people would get more interested in the political
                            >> spectrum," he said. "The younger generation is not getting involved.
                            >> If bloggers can help correct this, that's fine as far as I'm
                            >> concerned."
                            >> > > Greg Fox, 39, a Republican who is opposing Dunn in District 5, said
                            >> he also plans to respond to the blog forum. Fox said blogs can be
                            >> helpful to local politics "as long as people take some of the stuff
                            >> with a grain of salt."
                            >> > > Readers should be critical of information posted anonymously by
                            >> blogs' readers, Fox said.
                            >> > > "I'm still not sure how many people are paying attention to them,"
                            >> said Fox, who received an in-kind campaign contribution from Wissing
                            >> in the form of an advertisement on Wissing's blog.
                            >> > > Traffic jumps on Election Day
                            >> > > Fox said he expected the blogs to attract traffic on election day
                            >> because the bloggers have the potential to post results as soon as
                            >> elections officials release them.
                            >> > > Keelan and Coren said the number of visits to their blogs jumped on
                            >> primary election day.
                            >> > > Keelan, who writes HoCoMD Blog, said he had more than 2,000 hits
                            >> each on election night and in the days before and after the
                            >> election. On most days he has about 400 unique visitors, he said.
                            >> > > Coren, who started writing Howard County Blog in January, said he
                            >> averages close to 100 visitors each day, but had almost 400 on
                            >> election night.
                            >> > > The bloggers group covered the election live from each party's
                            >> campaign headquarters, posting photos and results as they became
                            >> available.
                            >> > > As for the success of their forum, Keelan said the group will have
                            >> to wait and see what sort of response it attracts, adding that 10
                            >> candidates have replied to the forum or said they would reply.
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                          • MICHELLE WOOD
                            It is my fervent hope (optimistic though it may be) that Mrs. French will not be returned to the Board --- but it is a real shame that she has chosen to take
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                              It is my fervent hope (optimistic though it may be) that Mrs. French will not be returned to the Board --- but it is a real shame that she has chosen to take all that energy and institutional memory and NOT use it for the betterment of the students in this county.
                              [MICHELLE WOOD] 
                              I totally agree! 




                              To: howardpubliced@ yahoogroups. com
                              From: michelle_wood@ verizon.net
                              Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 10:31:58 -0400
                              Subject: RE: [howardpubliced] Re: Transparency

                               

                              I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that you would never get their endorsement, no matter what you said because you had the "audacity" to send one of your children to private school.  I was not surprised by the Proudfoot endorsement, but I was surprised that they didn't endorse Sandra French - I wonder what she did to tick them off!
                               
                               
                              -----Original Message-----
                              From: howardpubliced@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:howardpubli ced@yahoogroups. com]On Behalf Of cynthia vaillancourt
                              Sent: Friday, June 04, 2010 9:42 AM
                              To: howardpubliced@ yahoogroups. com
                              Subject: RE: [howardpubliced] Re: Transparency

                               
                              Mona,

                              I'm not sure where we disagree. 

                              As you point out, the Teacher's Union endorsement gives those endorsed a significant boost in the popularity contest aspect of the race.  Because of that, I am happy for two candidates I plan to support. 

                              I also agree that NOT receiving the teacher's Union's endorsement is also a good thing - as this Union is essentially a lobby group for one part of the community... which is NOT necessarily the same thing as advocating for the students or education in general.  I am not, therefore, surprised to have not been endorsed.  I have been critical of the HCEA in the past.  Though you apparently did not see those posts or hear those comments, I suspect someone one the HCEA committee did. 

                              As for my commitment to transparency, I will take your criticism to heart and find a way to more forcefully present this commitment, though I thought my record on this topic was fairly clear. 

                              Many thanks,
                              Cindy Vaillancourt
                              candidate, BOE



                              To: howardpubliced@ yahoogroups. com
                              From: mona@howardcountyis sues.org
                              Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 04:06:39 -0700
                              Subject: Re: [howardpubliced] Re: Transparency

                               
                              I respectfully disagree.

                              Endorsement by the teacher's [U]nion prioritizes teachers while the hcpss
                              board of education candidates who will work for citizens are pro student
                              as a priority. Pro union positions gather votes and is akin to the
                              popularity contest this candidate professes to dismiss. Public education
                              is the only industry who takes a holiday on election day and they all vote
                              as a result.

                              Civility is great in our schools, but improvements are made when those
                              elected care deeply about ideas and moving forward rather than filter each
                              constructive thought through a homogenous screen.

                              There was no transparency to be detected in the message from candidate
                              Viallencourt, though I'm very impressed with Jack's comments in general.

                              Thanks for reading my input.

                              Mona Brinegar

                              > Now this is transparency . I researched Cynthia Vaillancourt on
                              > howardpubliced and beginning Jan 2 2004 I found that she authored 1622
                              > posts . One thousand , six hundred and twenty two very good posts .
                              > Now that is a fine example of a commitment to our educational issues .
                              > I would love to see the rest of the candidates for BOE enter into
                              > discussions here at howardpubliced given the level of standards that
                              > Ms. Vaillancourt has set here .
                              >
                              > Jack
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              > --- In howardpubliced@ yahoogroups. com, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@ ...>
                              > wrote:
                              >>
                              >> For the sake of transparency I researched David Thalheimer
                              >> Candidate, Howard County Board of Education on howardpubliced and
                              >> found he authored 149 posts beginning Nov. 7 2008 until now . Many
                              >> of his posts spoke of transparency and solutions . In particular his
                              >> website lists all of the canidates for BOE . That list and a simple
                              >> advanced search of howardpubliced archives reveals a lot about our
                              >> candidates . I will continue to search the archives for posts of
                              >> other candidates .
                              >>
                              >> Howardpubliced has established itself in the community as a open
                              >> forum for education discussions . For that reason I truly hope that
                              >> all the candidates will choose to both use howardpubliced to openly
                              >> discuss the issues as well as promote howardpubliced for this use .
                              >>
                              >> Jack
                              >>
                              >>
                              >> Entering the Race Message List
                              >>
                              >> Reply Message #27376 of 27527 < Prev | Next >
                              >>
                              >> Friends and Neighbors:
                              >>
                              >>
                              >>
                              >> I'm happy to announce that I have just filed as a candidate for the
                              >> Howard County Board of Education. This was not an easy commitment to
                              >> make, but as a parent with four children currently in the public school
                              >> system, I felt that I needed to take action to help improve the quality
                              >> of education available to all of our kids. Howard County already has
                              >> what many consider to be a good school system compared with the rest of
                              >> the country, but I believe that improvement is both necessary and
                              >> possible. With the wealth of resources available in Howard County,
                              >> including our active and involved parents, we should have no less than
                              >> one of the world's best school systems.
                              >>
                              >>
                              >>
                              >> I will not be content until we have exhausted all possible methods for
                              >> improving the quality of education for all students. In particular, I
                              >> would like to push for enhancements in the math, science, and technology
                              >> curricula to help keep the United States in a strong economic position
                              >> relative to those nations currently challenging us. The current board is
                              >> satisfied with the current state of our educational system and has made
                              >> no effort to make the changes necessary for us to reach an even higher
                              >> level of performance. However, no great business has ever succeeded by
                              >> being complacent. They succeed by relentlessly striving to be the best
                              >> through a continuous process of self evaluation and reinvention. We need
                              >> to take a critical look at what we do well and not so well and reinvent
                              >> our school system until our children have the best preparation and
                              >> opportunities we can give them.
                              >>
                              >>
                              >>
                              >> Before such improvements will be possible, however, the Board of
                              >> Education needs to provide greater transparency by making all reports
                              >> and performance metrics available to the public via its web site and by
                              >> creating online discussion boards, blogs and wikis to improve two-way
                              >> communication between the Board, school system employees and parents.
                              >> The Board needs to ensure that the central office and each individual
                              >> school formally and proactively solicit the input and participation of
                              >> parents and teachers in educational decisions affecting their school. No
                              >> school should ever find itself in the position that the Cradlerock
                              >> School found itself last month. For more details, please read my blog at
                              >> http://blog. betterboardofed. org.
                              >>
                              >>
                              >>
                              >> I look forward to hearing your concerns and winning your support. You
                              >> can find out more about me and about all the other candidates by
                              >> visiting my web site, www.betterboardofed .org, or my Facebook page.
                              >> Please consider supporting my campaign by donating or volunteering.
                              >> Together, we can build a better Board of Education and one of the best
                              >> school systems in the world.
                              >>
                              >>
                              >>
                              >> David Thalheimer
                              >>
                              >> Candidate, Howard County Board of Education
                              >>
                              >> david@
                              >>
                              >> On Facebook: "Citizens for David Thalheimer "
                              >>
                              >>
                              >>
                              >> --- In howardpubliced@ yahoogroups. com, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@>
                              >> wrote:
                              >> >
                              >> >
                              >> > Re: bloggers -- candidate "forum"
                              >> >
                              >> > I did a search for Samdra French on howardpubliced and seem to have
                              >> found that she authored 13 posts on this group . Between Sept 4 and
                              >> Uct 19 2006 she made 10 posts and the other 3 were made over the last
                              >> 4 years . 2006 was an election year .
                              >> >
                              >> > For the sake of transparency it appears that Sandrs French is a
                              >> member of this group and so I would personally like to invite her to
                              >> join the Howard county community in an open , transparent and
                              >> ongoing discussion of the educational issues in Howard county . Kind
                              >> of a trial by fire approach into what our candidates for BOE will
                              >> offer us if elected .
                              >> >
                              >> > I moved this post forward because of the concept it offered and
                              >> because of the openness that howardpubliced provides I see a real
                              >> opportunity to expand it . A honest opportunity for the public to
                              >> look at our candidates in depth .
                              >> >
                              >> > Jack
                              >> >
                              >> >
                              >> >
                              >> > --- In howardpubliced@ yahoogroups. com, sandra_french@ wrote:
                              >> > >
                              >> > > I thought they were due on October 1st. That's what the article
                              >> says.
                              >> > >
                              >> > > --
                              >> > > Sandra H. French, Candidate
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                              >> > > (410) 531-2394 (H)
                              >> > > (410) 241-5247 (C)
                              >> > > www.sandrafrench. org
                              >> > >
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                              >> > > i'm busy working on my answers to the bloggers' questions--they are
                              >> due monday.
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                              >> > > should be interesting.
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                              >> > > The bloggers --ÊKeelan, Ian Kennedy, David Wissing and Evan Coren
                              >> --Êsay theirs might be the first candidates forum hosted via blog
                              >> and hope the medium will offer a unique way for voters to learn
                              >> about and interact with candidates.
                              >> > > On Sept. 14, the men -- two Republicans and two Democrats -- sent 15
                              >> questions to candidates for the county Board of Education, county
                              >> executive, County Council, and 16 questions to those seeking local
                              >> seats in the Maryland General Assembly.
                              >> > > Candidates have until Oct. 1 to respond to the questions, at which
                              >> time Keelan, a Republican, will separate the responses by contest
                              >> and set up threads to which visitors can comment or submit
                              >> questions, and to which the candidates can post a response.
                              >> > > "The nice part about this whole process is the candidate's response
                              >> is unedited," said Coren, 27, a Columbia Democrat.
                              >> > > Kennedy, a 29-year-old Democrat, writes a blog called HoCo Hayduke
                              >> while Wissing, a 31-year-old Republican, authors the Hedgehog
                              >> Report. Neither could be reached for comment.
                              >> > > Although the group is split along traditional party lines, the
                              >> bloggers spent more time debating how many questions to ask
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                              >> > > "We all want this to work and we all want it to be fair, so we had
                              >> to compromise," he added. "In the end we were all happy."
                              >> > > Candidates notice blogs
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                              >> District 5, said he supports the bloggers' involvement in the
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                              >> If bloggers can help correct this, that's fine as far as I'm
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                              >> > > Greg Fox, 39, a Republican who is opposing Dunn in District 5, said
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                              >> > > Readers should be critical of information posted anonymously by
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                              >> said Fox, who received an in-kind campaign contribution from Wissing
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                            • david_thalheimer
                              Since we re on the topic, let s start with the transparency of the HCEA (teachers union). First, they conduct a survey of teachers each year, but only reveal
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                                Since we're on the topic, let's start with the transparency of the HCEA (teachers' union).

                                First, they conduct a survey of teachers each year, but only reveal some of the results to the Board of Ed (presumably to support their agenda). I can't even get a copy after having asked the HCEA for it twice in the past couple of months. I would really like to see what the teachers have to say, especially since the HCEA claims that the Maryland state survey was no good.

                                Second, they released their endorsement reasons to the news media (and who knows who else?), but not to the public. I don't think they want to release the reasons on the "not recommended" list to the public, since they were pretty rude to some of the candidates. I plan to publish a comparison of the reasons they gave for rejecting me with the reasons they endorsed other candidates to show the different ways in which they claim to have evaluated the candidates.

                                Third, below is a copy of the letter to the editor that I could not get published since I already had one printed this month (HC Times policy).

                                *****
                                Recent comments made by Ann DeLacy, teachers' union president, about Board of Education candidates are both insulting and misleading. Ms. DeLacy says "We endorse the candidates that are for public education" as if to imply that the others are not. She also says "I think that we have been derelict in the fact that we are appointing people to manage nearly a billion-dollar budget who have no idea how the school system works."

                                Ms. DeLacy has it all wrong. We have plenty of administrators running our schools who know "how the system works." Three current board members are former educators and two others have been active within the school system for years. But does the board listen to and intervene on behalf of unsatisfied parents or teachers? Most parents I speak to say they do not and even the teachers' union is unsatisfied. We may have a relatively good school system, but some schools have major issues that are being ignored. With the exception of Allen Dyer, the board almost always approves the school system position.

                                We don't need more of the same and we don't need cheerleaders who just want to tell us how great our schools are. We need an independent board that will listen and respond to the needs of parents, students, and teachers when the school system isn't working as well as it should. We need a board that will push for innovative new methods and technologies and keep administrators from getting complacent.

                                If the union spent more time helping to improve the efficiency and quality of our schools and less time worrying about protecting its political interests, the public would be so happy they would be more than willing to provide the best possible compensation and benefits.
                                *****

                                - David T

                                --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, "MICHELLE WOOD" <michelle_wood@...> wrote:
                                >
                                > I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that you would never get
                                > their endorsement, no matter what you said because you had the "audacity" to
                                > send one of your children to private school. I was not surprised by the
                                > Proudfoot endorsement, but I was surprised that they didn't endorse Sandra
                                > French - I wonder what she did to tick them off!
                                >
                                >
                                > -----Original Message-----
                                > From: howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com
                                > [mailto:howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of cynthia vaillancourt
                                > Sent: Friday, June 04, 2010 9:42 AM
                                > To: howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com
                                > Subject: RE: [howardpubliced] Re: Transparency
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                > Mona,
                                >
                                > I'm not sure where we disagree.
                                >
                                > As you point out, the Teacher's Union endorsement gives those endorsed a
                                > significant boost in the popularity contest aspect of the race. Because of
                                > that, I am happy for two candidates I plan to support.
                                >
                                > I also agree that NOT receiving the teacher's Union's endorsement is also
                                > a good thing - as this Union is essentially a lobby group for one part of
                                > the community... which is NOT necessarily the same thing as advocating for
                                > the students or education in general. I am not, therefore, surprised to
                                > have not been endorsed. I have been critical of the HCEA in the past.
                                > Though you apparently did not see those posts or hear those comments, I
                                > suspect someone one the HCEA committee did.
                                >
                                > As for my commitment to transparency, I will take your criticism to heart
                                > and find a way to more forcefully present this commitment, though I thought
                                > my record on this topic was fairly clear.
                                >
                                > Many thanks,
                                > Cindy Vaillancourt
                                > candidate, BOE
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                > ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                > --
                                > To: howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com
                                > From: mona@...
                                > Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 04:06:39 -0700
                                > Subject: Re: [howardpubliced] Re: Transparency
                                >
                                >
                                > I respectfully disagree.
                                >
                                > Endorsement by the teacher's [U]nion prioritizes teachers while the hcpss
                                > board of education candidates who will work for citizens are pro student
                                > as a priority. Pro union positions gather votes and is akin to the
                                > popularity contest this candidate professes to dismiss. Public education
                                > is the only industry who takes a holiday on election day and they all vote
                                > as a result.
                                >
                                > Civility is great in our schools, but improvements are made when those
                                > elected care deeply about ideas and moving forward rather than filter each
                                > constructive thought through a homogenous screen.
                                >
                                > There was no transparency to be detected in the message from candidate
                                > Viallencourt, though I'm very impressed with Jack's comments in general.
                                >
                                > Thanks for reading my input.
                                >
                                > Mona Brinegar
                                >
                                > > Now this is transparency . I researched Cynthia Vaillancourt on
                                > > howardpubliced and beginning Jan 2 2004 I found that she authored 1622
                                > > posts . One thousand , six hundred and twenty two very good posts .
                                > > Now that is a fine example of a commitment to our educational issues .
                                > > I would love to see the rest of the candidates for BOE enter into
                                > > discussions here at howardpubliced given the level of standards that
                                > > Ms. Vaillancourt has set here .
                                > >
                                > > Jack
                                > >
                                > >
                                > >
                                > > --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@>
                                > > wrote:
                                > >>
                                > >> For the sake of transparency I researched David Thalheimer
                                > >> Candidate, Howard County Board of Education on howardpubliced and
                                > >> found he authored 149 posts beginning Nov. 7 2008 until now . Many
                                > >> of his posts spoke of transparency and solutions . In particular his
                                > >> website lists all of the canidates for BOE . That list and a simple
                                > >> advanced search of howardpubliced archives reveals a lot about our
                                > >> candidates . I will continue to search the archives for posts of
                                > >> other candidates .
                                > >>
                                > >> Howardpubliced has established itself in the community as a open
                                > >> forum for education discussions . For that reason I truly hope that
                                > >> all the candidates will choose to both use howardpubliced to openly
                                > >> discuss the issues as well as promote howardpubliced for this use .
                                > >>
                                > >> Jack
                                > >>
                                > >>
                                > >> Entering the Race Message List
                                > >>
                                > >> Reply Message #27376 of 27527 < Prev | Next >
                                > >>
                                > >> Friends and Neighbors:
                                > >>
                                > >>
                                > >>
                                > >> I'm happy to announce that I have just filed as a candidate for the
                                > >> Howard County Board of Education. This was not an easy commitment to
                                > >> make, but as a parent with four children currently in the public school
                                > >> system, I felt that I needed to take action to help improve the quality
                                > >> of education available to all of our kids. Howard County already has
                                > >> what many consider to be a good school system compared with the rest of
                                > >> the country, but I believe that improvement is both necessary and
                                > >> possible. With the wealth of resources available in Howard County,
                                > >> including our active and involved parents, we should have no less than
                                > >> one of the world's best school systems.
                                > >>
                                > >>
                                > >>
                                > >> I will not be content until we have exhausted all possible methods for
                                > >> improving the quality of education for all students. In particular, I
                                > >> would like to push for enhancements in the math, science, and
                                > technology
                                > >> curricula to help keep the United States in a strong economic position
                                > >> relative to those nations currently challenging us. The current board
                                > is
                                > >> satisfied with the current state of our educational system and has made
                                > >> no effort to make the changes necessary for us to reach an even higher
                                > >> level of performance. However, no great business has ever succeeded by
                                > >> being complacent. They succeed by relentlessly striving to be the best
                                > >> through a continuous process of self evaluation and reinvention. We
                                > need
                                > >> to take a critical look at what we do well and not so well and reinvent
                                > >> our school system until our children have the best preparation and
                                > >> opportunities we can give them.
                                > >>
                                > >>
                                > >>
                                > >> Before such improvements will be possible, however, the Board of
                                > >> Education needs to provide greater transparency by making all reports
                                > >> and performance metrics available to the public via its web site and by
                                > >> creating online discussion boards, blogs and wikis to improve two-way
                                > >> communication between the Board, school system employees and parents.
                                > >> The Board needs to ensure that the central office and each individual
                                > >> school formally and proactively solicit the input and participation of
                                > >> parents and teachers in educational decisions affecting their school.
                                > No
                                > >> school should ever find itself in the position that the Cradlerock
                                > >> School found itself last month. For more details, please read my blog
                                > at
                                > >> http://blog.betterboardofed.org
                                > >>
                                > >>
                                > >>
                                > >> I look forward to hearing your concerns and winning your support. You
                                > >> can find out more about me and about all the other candidates by
                                > >> visiting my web site, www.betterboardofed.org, or my Facebook page.
                                > >> Please consider supporting my campaign by donating or volunteering.
                                > >> Together, we can build a better Board of Education and one of the best
                                > >> school systems in the world.
                                > >>
                                > >>
                                > >>
                                > >> David Thalheimer
                                > >>
                                > >> Candidate, Howard County Board of Education
                                > >>
                                > >> david@
                                > >>
                                > >> On Facebook: "Citizens for David Thalheimer "
                                > >>
                                > >>
                                > >>
                                > >> --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@>
                                > >> wrote:
                                > >> >
                                > >> >
                                > >> > Re: bloggers -- candidate "forum"
                                > >> >
                                > >> > I did a search for Samdra French on howardpubliced and seem to have
                                > >> found that she authored 13 posts on this group . Between Sept 4 and
                                > >> Uct 19 2006 she made 10 posts and the other 3 were made over the last
                                > >> 4 years . 2006 was an election year .
                                > >> >
                                > >> > For the sake of transparency it appears that Sandrs French is a
                                > >> member of this group and so I would personally like to invite her to
                                > >> join the Howard county community in an open , transparent and
                                > >> ongoing discussion of the educational issues in Howard county . Kind
                                > >> of a trial by fire approach into what our candidates for BOE will
                                > >> offer us if elected .
                                > >> >
                                > >> > I moved this post forward because of the concept it offered and
                                > >> because of the openness that howardpubliced provides I see a real
                                > >> opportunity to expand it . A honest opportunity for the public to
                                > >> look at our candidates in depth .
                                > >> >
                                > >> > Jack
                                > >> >
                                > >> >
                                > >> >
                                > >> > --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, sandra_french@ wrote:
                                > >> > >
                                > >> > > I thought they were due on October 1st. That's what the article
                                > >> says.
                                > >> > >
                                > >> > > --
                                > >> > > Sandra H. French, Candidate
                                > >> > > Board of Education of Howard County
                                > >> > > (410) 531-2394 (H)
                                > >> > > (410) 241-5247 (C)
                                > >> > > www.sandrafrench.org
                                > >> > >
                                > >> > >
                                > >> > >
                                > >> > > -------------- Original message --------------
                                > >> > > From: "Allen Dyer" <aldyer@>
                                > >> > >
                                > >> > > i'm busy working on my answers to the bloggers' questions--they are
                                > >> due monday.
                                > >> > >
                                > >> > > should be interesting.
                                > >> > >
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                                > >> > > A group of Howard County bloggers say they have an alternative to
                                > >> what they call the "sound bite" coverage of local elections through
                                > >> the media and traditional political forums.
                                > >> > > They are conducting an online forum in which candidates can give
                                > >> unedited answers to a series of questions and readers can, in turn,
                                > >> respond to the candidates.
                                > >> > > "One of the reasons we're doing this is to get something more
                                > active
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                                > >> David Keelan, 42, of Ellicott City, one of four local men who make
                                > >> up the Howard County Bloggers Association, which is conducting the
                                > >> forum.
                                > >> > > Blogs are personal Web logs that offer commentary, links to other
                                > >> sites and other information. Most allow visitors to respond with
                                > >> comments, setting up an online venue for discussion.
                                > >> > > Although the members of the Howard County bloggers group discuss
                                > >> numerous issues on their sites, all four devote space to local
                                > >> issues and politics.
                                > >> > > The bloggers --ÊKeelan, Ian Kennedy, David Wissing and Evan Coren
                                > >> --Êsay theirs might be the first candidates forum hosted via blog
                                > >> and hope the medium will offer a unique way for voters to learn
                                > >> about and interact with candidates.
                                > >> > > On Sept. 14, the men -- two Republicans and two Democrats -- sent
                                > 15
                                > >> questions to candidates for the county Board of Education, county
                                > >> executive, County Council, and 16 questions to those seeking local
                                > >> seats in the Maryland General Assembly.
                                > >> > > Candidates have until Oct. 1 to respond to the questions, at which
                                > >> time Keelan, a Republican, will separate the responses by contest
                                > >> and set up threads to which visitors can comment or submit
                                > >> questions, and to which the candidates can post a response.
                                > >> > > "The nice part about this whole process is the candidate's response
                                > >> is unedited," said Coren, 27, a Columbia Democrat.
                                > >> > > Kennedy, a 29-year-old Democrat, writes a blog called HoCo Hayduke
                                > >> while Wissing, a 31-year-old Republican, authors the Hedgehog
                                > >> Report. Neither could be reached for comment.
                                > >> > > Although the group is split along traditional party lines, the
                                > >> bloggers spent more time debating how many questions to ask
                                > >> candidates than whether the content of their questions was too
                                > >> partisan, Keelan said.
                                > >> > > "We all want this to work and we all want it to be fair, so we had
                                > >> to compromise," he added. "In the end we were all happy."
                                > >> > > Candidates notice blogs
                                > >> > > Several candidates said they have taken notice of the blogs.
                                > >> > > Don Dunn, 77, a Democrat running for the County Council seat in
                                > >> District 5, said he supports the bloggers' involvement in the
                                > >> political arena.
                                > >> > > "I wish more people would get more interested in the political
                                > >> spectrum," he said. "The younger generation is not getting involved.
                                > >> If bloggers can help correct this, that's fine as far as I'm
                                > >> concerned."
                                > >> > > Greg Fox, 39, a Republican who is opposing Dunn in District 5, said
                                > >> he also plans to respond to the blog forum. Fox said blogs can be
                                > >> helpful to local politics "as long as people take some of the stuff
                                > >> with a grain of salt."
                                > >> > > Readers should be critical of information posted anonymously by
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                                > >> said Fox, who received an in-kind campaign contribution from Wissing
                                > >> in the form of an advertisement on Wissing's blog.
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                                > >> > > Coren, who started writing Howard County Blog in January, said he
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                                > >> election night.
                                > >> > > The bloggers group covered the election live from each party's
                                > >> campaign headquarters, posting photos and results as they became
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                                I know that it looks like I m replying to myself, but this is really just part two. I tend to visit and post to the site in spurts.... Before anybody accuses
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                                  I know that it looks like I'm replying to myself, but this is really just part two. I tend to visit and post to the site in spurts....

                                  Before anybody accuses me of being anti-union, let me set things straight. I might actually be one of the best friends the union *members* could have. Why? Because my sole focus will be on improving the quality of our kids' education, which will ultimately increase the skill, respect and compensation of *most* of our teaching staff. I want our teachers to love to come to work every day and see the difference they can make. Nobody likes to be pushed, but when we are, we work smarter, do a better job, and can go home satisfied. I don't blame the teachers for the state of US education, just the system in which they have to work.

                                  What was the best thing that could have happened to the peoples of the Soviet Union and China? 1. When Nixon first opened up to China, a process that continues to bring greater prosperity and freedom (slowly) to that nation. 2. When Reagan put so much pressure on the Soviets they finally tore down the walls and scrapped communism (well, sort of).

                                  In that sense, the union needs us even though they haven't figured that out yet.

                                  David Thalheimer
                                  Candidate, Board of Education

                                  --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, "david_thalheimer" <dthalheimerusa@...> wrote:
                                  >
                                  > Since we're on the topic, let's start with the transparency of the HCEA (teachers' union).
                                  >
                                  > First, they conduct a survey of teachers each year, but only reveal some of the results to the Board of Ed (presumably to support their agenda). I can't even get a copy after having asked the HCEA for it twice in the past couple of months. I would really like to see what the teachers have to say, especially since the HCEA claims that the Maryland state survey was no good.
                                  >
                                  > Second, they released their endorsement reasons to the news media (and who knows who else?), but not to the public. I don't think they want to release the reasons on the "not recommended" list to the public, since they were pretty rude to some of the candidates. I plan to publish a comparison of the reasons they gave for rejecting me with the reasons they endorsed other candidates to show the different ways in which they claim to have evaluated the candidates.
                                  >
                                  > Third, below is a copy of the letter to the editor that I could not get published since I already had one printed this month (HC Times policy).
                                  >
                                  > *****
                                  > Recent comments made by Ann DeLacy, teachers' union president, about Board of Education candidates are both insulting and misleading. Ms. DeLacy says "We endorse the candidates that are for public education" as if to imply that the others are not. She also says "I think that we have been derelict in the fact that we are appointing people to manage nearly a billion-dollar budget who have no idea how the school system works."
                                  >
                                  > Ms. DeLacy has it all wrong. We have plenty of administrators running our schools who know "how the system works." Three current board members are former educators and two others have been active within the school system for years. But does the board listen to and intervene on behalf of unsatisfied parents or teachers? Most parents I speak to say they do not and even the teachers' union is unsatisfied. We may have a relatively good school system, but some schools have major issues that are being ignored. With the exception of Allen Dyer, the board almost always approves the school system position.
                                  >
                                  > We don't need more of the same and we don't need cheerleaders who just want to tell us how great our schools are. We need an independent board that will listen and respond to the needs of parents, students, and teachers when the school system isn't working as well as it should. We need a board that will push for innovative new methods and technologies and keep administrators from getting complacent.
                                  >
                                  > If the union spent more time helping to improve the efficiency and quality of our schools and less time worrying about protecting its political interests, the public would be so happy they would be more than willing to provide the best possible compensation and benefits.
                                  > *****
                                  >
                                  > - David T
                                  >
                                  > --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, "MICHELLE WOOD" <michelle_wood@> wrote:
                                  > >
                                  > > I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that you would never get
                                  > > their endorsement, no matter what you said because you had the "audacity" to
                                  > > send one of your children to private school. I was not surprised by the
                                  > > Proudfoot endorsement, but I was surprised that they didn't endorse Sandra
                                  > > French - I wonder what she did to tick them off!
                                  > >
                                  > >
                                  > > -----Original Message-----
                                  > > From: howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com
                                  > > [mailto:howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of cynthia vaillancourt
                                  > > Sent: Friday, June 04, 2010 9:42 AM
                                  > > To: howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com
                                  > > Subject: RE: [howardpubliced] Re: Transparency
                                  > >
                                  > >
                                  > >
                                  > > Mona,
                                  > >
                                  > > I'm not sure where we disagree.
                                  > >
                                  > > As you point out, the Teacher's Union endorsement gives those endorsed a
                                  > > significant boost in the popularity contest aspect of the race. Because of
                                  > > that, I am happy for two candidates I plan to support.
                                  > >
                                  > > I also agree that NOT receiving the teacher's Union's endorsement is also
                                  > > a good thing - as this Union is essentially a lobby group for one part of
                                  > > the community... which is NOT necessarily the same thing as advocating for
                                  > > the students or education in general. I am not, therefore, surprised to
                                  > > have not been endorsed. I have been critical of the HCEA in the past.
                                  > > Though you apparently did not see those posts or hear those comments, I
                                  > > suspect someone one the HCEA committee did.
                                  > >
                                  > > As for my commitment to transparency, I will take your criticism to heart
                                  > > and find a way to more forcefully present this commitment, though I thought
                                  > > my record on this topic was fairly clear.
                                  > >
                                  > > Many thanks,
                                  > > Cindy Vaillancourt
                                  > > candidate, BOE
                                  > >
                                  > >
                                  > >
                                  > >
                                  > > ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                  > > --
                                  > > To: howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com
                                  > > From: mona@
                                  > > Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 04:06:39 -0700
                                  > > Subject: Re: [howardpubliced] Re: Transparency
                                  > >
                                  > >
                                  > > I respectfully disagree.
                                  > >
                                  > > Endorsement by the teacher's [U]nion prioritizes teachers while the hcpss
                                  > > board of education candidates who will work for citizens are pro student
                                  > > as a priority. Pro union positions gather votes and is akin to the
                                  > > popularity contest this candidate professes to dismiss. Public education
                                  > > is the only industry who takes a holiday on election day and they all vote
                                  > > as a result.
                                  > >
                                  > > Civility is great in our schools, but improvements are made when those
                                  > > elected care deeply about ideas and moving forward rather than filter each
                                  > > constructive thought through a homogenous screen.
                                  > >
                                  > > There was no transparency to be detected in the message from candidate
                                  > > Viallencourt, though I'm very impressed with Jack's comments in general.
                                  > >
                                  > > Thanks for reading my input.
                                  > >
                                  > > Mona Brinegar
                                  > >
                                  > > > Now this is transparency . I researched Cynthia Vaillancourt on
                                  > > > howardpubliced and beginning Jan 2 2004 I found that she authored 1622
                                  > > > posts . One thousand , six hundred and twenty two very good posts .
                                  > > > Now that is a fine example of a commitment to our educational issues .
                                  > > > I would love to see the rest of the candidates for BOE enter into
                                  > > > discussions here at howardpubliced given the level of standards that
                                  > > > Ms. Vaillancourt has set here .
                                  > > >
                                  > > > Jack
                                  > > >
                                  > > >
                                  > > >
                                  > > > --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@>
                                  > > > wrote:
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >> For the sake of transparency I researched David Thalheimer
                                  > > >> Candidate, Howard County Board of Education on howardpubliced and
                                  > > >> found he authored 149 posts beginning Nov. 7 2008 until now . Many
                                  > > >> of his posts spoke of transparency and solutions . In particular his
                                  > > >> website lists all of the canidates for BOE . That list and a simple
                                  > > >> advanced search of howardpubliced archives reveals a lot about our
                                  > > >> candidates . I will continue to search the archives for posts of
                                  > > >> other candidates .
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >> Howardpubliced has established itself in the community as a open
                                  > > >> forum for education discussions . For that reason I truly hope that
                                  > > >> all the candidates will choose to both use howardpubliced to openly
                                  > > >> discuss the issues as well as promote howardpubliced for this use .
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >> Jack
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >> Entering the Race Message List
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >> Reply Message #27376 of 27527 < Prev | Next >
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >> Friends and Neighbors:
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >> I'm happy to announce that I have just filed as a candidate for the
                                  > > >> Howard County Board of Education. This was not an easy commitment to
                                  > > >> make, but as a parent with four children currently in the public school
                                  > > >> system, I felt that I needed to take action to help improve the quality
                                  > > >> of education available to all of our kids. Howard County already has
                                  > > >> what many consider to be a good school system compared with the rest of
                                  > > >> the country, but I believe that improvement is both necessary and
                                  > > >> possible. With the wealth of resources available in Howard County,
                                  > > >> including our active and involved parents, we should have no less than
                                  > > >> one of the world's best school systems.
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >> I will not be content until we have exhausted all possible methods for
                                  > > >> improving the quality of education for all students. In particular, I
                                  > > >> would like to push for enhancements in the math, science, and
                                  > > technology
                                  > > >> curricula to help keep the United States in a strong economic position
                                  > > >> relative to those nations currently challenging us. The current board
                                  > > is
                                  > > >> satisfied with the current state of our educational system and has made
                                  > > >> no effort to make the changes necessary for us to reach an even higher
                                  > > >> level of performance. However, no great business has ever succeeded by
                                  > > >> being complacent. They succeed by relentlessly striving to be the best
                                  > > >> through a continuous process of self evaluation and reinvention. We
                                  > > need
                                  > > >> to take a critical look at what we do well and not so well and reinvent
                                  > > >> our school system until our children have the best preparation and
                                  > > >> opportunities we can give them.
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >> Before such improvements will be possible, however, the Board of
                                  > > >> Education needs to provide greater transparency by making all reports
                                  > > >> and performance metrics available to the public via its web site and by
                                  > > >> creating online discussion boards, blogs and wikis to improve two-way
                                  > > >> communication between the Board, school system employees and parents.
                                  > > >> The Board needs to ensure that the central office and each individual
                                  > > >> school formally and proactively solicit the input and participation of
                                  > > >> parents and teachers in educational decisions affecting their school.
                                  > > No
                                  > > >> school should ever find itself in the position that the Cradlerock
                                  > > >> School found itself last month. For more details, please read my blog
                                  > > at
                                  > > >> http://blog.betterboardofed.org
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >> I look forward to hearing your concerns and winning your support. You
                                  > > >> can find out more about me and about all the other candidates by
                                  > > >> visiting my web site, www.betterboardofed.org, or my Facebook page.
                                  > > >> Please consider supporting my campaign by donating or volunteering.
                                  > > >> Together, we can build a better Board of Education and one of the best
                                  > > >> school systems in the world.
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >> David Thalheimer
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >> Candidate, Howard County Board of Education
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >> david@
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >> On Facebook: "Citizens for David Thalheimer "
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >>
                                  > > >> --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, "pamythompson" <pamythompson@>
                                  > > >> wrote:
                                  > > >> >
                                  > > >> >
                                  > > >> > Re: bloggers -- candidate "forum"
                                  > > >> >
                                  > > >> > I did a search for Samdra French on howardpubliced and seem to have
                                  > > >> found that she authored 13 posts on this group . Between Sept 4 and
                                  > > >> Uct 19 2006 she made 10 posts and the other 3 were made over the last
                                  > > >> 4 years . 2006 was an election year .
                                  > > >> >
                                  > > >> > For the sake of transparency it appears that Sandrs French is a
                                  > > >> member of this group and so I would personally like to invite her to
                                  > > >> join the Howard county community in an open , transparent and
                                  > > >> ongoing discussion of the educational issues in Howard county . Kind
                                  > > >> of a trial by fire approach into what our candidates for BOE will
                                  > > >> offer us if elected .
                                  > > >> >
                                  > > >> > I moved this post forward because of the concept it offered and
                                  > > >> because of the openness that howardpubliced provides I see a real
                                  > > >> opportunity to expand it . A honest opportunity for the public to
                                  > > >> look at our candidates in depth .
                                  > > >> >
                                  > > >> > Jack
                                  > > >> >
                                  > > >> >
                                  > > >> >
                                  > > >> > --- In howardpubliced@yahoogroups.com, sandra_french@ wrote:
                                  > > >> > >
                                  > > >> > > I thought they were due on October 1st. That's what the article
                                  > > >> says.
                                  > > >> > >
                                  > > >> > > --
                                  > > >> > > Sandra H. French, Candidate
                                  > > >> > > Board of Education of Howard County
                                  > > >> > > (410) 531-2394 (H)
                                  > > >> > > (410) 241-5247 (C)
                                  > > >> > > www.sandrafrench.org
                                  > > >> > >
                                  > > >> > >
                                  > > >> > >
                                  > > >> > > -------------- Original message --------------
                                  > > >> > > From: "Allen Dyer" <aldyer@>
                                  > > >> > >
                                  > > >> > > i'm busy working on my answers to the bloggers' questions--they are
                                  > > >> due monday.
                                  > > >> > >
                                  > > >> > > should be interesting.
                                  > > >> > >
                                  > > >> > > allen
                                  > > >> > >
                                  > > >> > > ----- Original Message -----
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                                  > > >> > > To: aldyer@
                                  > > >> > > Sent: Saturday, September 30, 2006 2:32 PM
                                  > > >> > > Subject: News Story From allen dyer and Howard County Times
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                                  > > >> > >
                                  > > >> > >
                                  > > >> > > September 30, 2006
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                                  > > >> > > 09/28/06
                                  > > >> > > By Nate Sandstrom
                                  > > >> > >
                                  > > >> > > Email this story to a friend
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                                  > > >> > > A group of Howard County bloggers say they have an alternative to
                                  > > >> what they call the "sound bite" coverage of local elections through
                                  > > >> the media and traditional political forums.
                                  > > >> > > They are conducting an online forum in which candidates can give
                                  > > >> unedited answers to a series of questions and readers can, in turn,
                                  > > >> respond to the candidates.
                                  > > >> > > "One of the reasons we're doing this is to get something more
                                  > > active
                                  > > >> and more in-depth than most (political) forums" can offer, said
                                  > > >> David Keelan, 42, of Ellicott City, one of four local men who make
                                  > > >> up the Howard County Bloggers Association, which is conducting the
                                  > > >> forum.
                                  > > >> > > Blogs are personal Web logs that offer commentary, links to other
                                  > > >> sites and other information. Most allow visitors to respond with
                                  > > >> comments, setting up an online venue for discussion.
                                  > > >> > > Although the members of the Howard County bloggers group discuss
                                  > > >> numerous issues on their sites, all four devote space to local
                                  > > >> issues and politics.
                                  > > >> > > The bloggers --ÊKeelan, Ian Kennedy, David Wissing and Evan Coren
                                  > > >> --Êsay theirs might be the first candidates forum hosted via blog
                                  > > >> and hope the medium will offer a unique way for voters to learn
                                  > > >> about and interact with candidates.
                                  > > >> > > On Sept. 14, the men -- two Republicans and two Democrats -- sent
                                  > > 15
                                  > > >> questions to candidates for the county Board of Education, county
                                  > > >> executive, County Council, and 16 questions to those seeking local
                                  > > >> seats in the Maryland General Assembly.
                                  > > >> > > Candidates have until Oct. 1 to respond to the questions, at which
                                  > > >> time Keelan, a Republican, will separate the responses by contest
                                  > > >> and set up threads to which visitors can comment or submit
                                  > > >> questions, and to which the candidates can post a response.
                                  > > >> > > "The nice part about this whole process is the candidate's response
                                  > > >> is unedited," said Coren, 27, a Columbia Democrat.
                                  > > >> > > Kennedy, a 29-year-old Democrat, writes a blog called HoCo Hayduke
                                  > > >> while Wissing, a 31-year-old Republican, authors the Hedgehog
                                  > > >> Report. Neither could be reached for comment.
                                  > > >> > > Although the group is split along traditional party lines, the
                                  > > >> bloggers spent more time debating how many questions to ask
                                  > > >> candidates than whether the content of their questions was too
                                  > > >> partisan, Keelan said.
                                  > > >> > > "We all want this to work and we all want it to be fair, so we had
                                  > > >> to compromise," he added. "In the end we were all happy."
                                  > > >> > > Candidates notice blogs
                                  > > >> > > Several candidates said they have taken notice of the blogs.
                                  > > >> > > Don Dunn, 77, a Democrat running for the County Council seat in
                                  > > >> District 5, said he supports the bloggers' involvement in the
                                  > > >> political arena.
                                  > > >> > > "I wish more people would get more interested in the political
                                  > > >> spectrum," he said. "The younger generation is not getting involved.
                                  > > >> If bloggers can help correct this, that's fine as far as I'm
                                  > > >> concerned."
                                  > > >> > > Greg Fox, 39, a Republican who is opposing Dunn in District 5, said
                                  > > >> he also plans to respond to the blog forum. Fox said blogs can be
                                  > > >> helpful to local politics "as long as people take some of the stuff
                                  > > >> with a grain of salt."
                                  > > >> > > Readers should be critical of information posted anonymously by
                                  > > >> blogs' readers, Fox said.
                                  > > >> > > "I'm still not sure how many people are paying attention to them,"
                                  > > >> said Fox, who received an in-kind campaign contribution from Wissing
                                  > > >> in the form of an advertisement on Wissing's blog.
                                  > > >> > > Traffic jumps on Election Day
                                  > > >> > > Fox said he expected the blogs to attract traffic on election day
                                  > > >> because the bloggers have the potential to post results as soon as
                                  > > >> elections officials release them.
                                  > > >> > > Keelan and Coren said the number of visits to their blogs jumped on
                                  > > >> primary election day.
                                  > > >> > > Keelan, who writes HoCoMD Blog, said he had more than 2,000 hits
                                  > > >> each on election night and in the days before and after the
                                  > > >> election. On most days he has about 400 unique visitors, he said.
                                  > > >> > > Coren, who started writing Howard County Blog in January, said he
                                  > > >> averages close to 100 visitors each day, but had almost 400 on
                                  > > >> election night.
                                  > > >> > > The bloggers group covered the election live from each party's
                                  > > >> campaign headquarters, posting photos and results as they became
                                  > > >> available.
                                  > > >> > > As for the success of their forum, Keelan said the group will have
                                  > > >> to wait and see what sort of response it attracts, adding that 10
                                  > > >> candidates have replied to the forum or said they would reply.
                                  > > >> > > "We're really depending on the candidates to take this as seriously
                                  > > >> as we are," he said.
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