The following letter was written by Omar Simpson to Jansen Robinson, Member of the Harford County Board of Education. A copy was provided to The Dagger for publication:
My kids are mad at me. Why? Because I keep singing that Disney song from “Frozen.” You know the one, “Do You Want to Build A Snowman!” I can’t get it out of my head because it is absolutely frigid outside and, as I look out my window, hundreds of Edgewood High School and Edgewood Middle School kids are walking past my window…many not dressed for the weather. To add to this mess, it snowed the last two days and the roads the kids are forced to walk on to go to school are covered with ice. This is dangerous. Kids that live within 1.5 miles of their middle or high schools must walk to school during extremely dangerous temperatures and icy road conditions. This is a direct result of the decision made by the Harford County Board of Education in June of 2013 to make cutbacks in school bus transportation:
“The system-wide cutbacks in school bus transportation and the new fees for students to participate in extra-curricular activities were approved by the Harford County Board of Education in June as a budget-balancing move for the fiscal year 2014 that began on July 1, 2013.” –
Concerned Citizens Plan Legal Action Against Cuts in School Bus Service and Implementation of Pay-to-Play Fees in Harford County Public Schools
This unwise and dangerous decision has been fought since before it was implemented in 2013. Jansen Robinson, former Edgewood Community Council President and recently elected Harford County Board of Education Member, opposed that decision because he knew that transportation cuts would be harmful to children in Edgewood:
“Edgewood Community Council President Jansen Robinson said on Friday that he is among the leaders in a group of more than 300 parents who believe the transportation cuts will be harmful to children.”
Hopefully, his election will reopen the issues of unwise, unfair, and potentially dangerous policies that disproportionately affect less affluent communities.
So, Mr. Robinson, can you please explain to your constituents how you will deal with the following issues that directly affect my kids’ education:
1. Busing During Frigid Weather.
2. School Start Times.
3. Increasing Parental Participation.
4. B.O.E. Coordination with Public School Administrations.
I’d appreciate it and I’m sure a lot of other parents will too because if I have to hear “Do You Want to Build A Snowman!” one more time I’ll go nuts!!!!
Omar Simpson, Esq