FEI Strongly Endorses Christina Delmont-Small for Re-election to the Howard County Board of Education – District 1
The voice of Howard County parents and students was overwhelmingly clear during the recent redistricting process. Alongside thousands of Howard County residents, FEI implored the Board of Education to move the fewest possible students to address overcrowding, while keeping neighborhoods together and communities stable. FEI advocated for separate, evidence-based strategies to address the achievement gap. Yet, the majority of BOE members failed to listen to the community, and instead chose to thrust their agendas upon constituents with a lack of transparency and integrity. It was a display of failed government – when elected representatives ignore the key values upon which our nation was founded – “We the People.”
At a time when Howard County is in desperate need of effective leadership, Christina Delmont-Small has distinguished herself as a steadfast and courageous voice of the people – a true leader for the students and parents of Howard County. Her values align with those of Families for Education Improvement, and therefore FEI is proud to strongly endorse Christina Delmont-Small for re-election to the Howard County Board of Education (BOE) District 1.
Listening to the Community
After the BOE vote, Ms. Delmont-Small released a statement thanking the community for their engagement and advocacy. She expressed deep frustration with the redistricting process and outcome, and also affirmed the need for our leaders to listen to the community:
“Listening to the community is vital to making the best possible decisions for all of our students and has made my voice stronger throughout this process because I heard your concerns and ideas.”
Ms. Delmont-Small has demonstrated that she will engage and listen to all members of the community, and advocate strongly on their behalf.
Check and Balance to our Local Government
Ms. Delmont Small does her own research. She is data-driven, and has repeatedly emphasized the need for the BOE to base their policy decisions on accurate data. She will continue to serve as an important check and balance on our local government, and her independent, logical, and evidence-based decision- making will ensure the BOE makes prudent and appropriate decisions for our students.
Advocate for Responsible Spending
At a time when the Howard County Public School System is facing unprecedented budget shortfalls, Ms. Delmont-Small will be a consistent watchdog of unnecessary and inappropriate spending. She is detail-
oriented and laser focused in her analysis, and this will be critical as the BOE makes decisions about how to allocate funding to best meet the needs of our students.
A Proven Track Record
Unfortunately, we have seen our elected leaders’ actions in office defy their campaign promises. In contrast, Christina Delmont-Small’s track record in office is proven and speaks for itself. She has the experience and integrity to build a better BOE and better future for our students.
FEI is proud to endorse Ms. Delmont-Small and encourages our community to fully support her efforts for re-election. To learn more about how you can donate, volunteer, or host a fundraiser for Christina Delmont-Small, visit https://christinaforboe.org/.
FEI has not yet endorsed any other candidates for BOE, but will continue to thoroughly assess each candidate’s credentials and values over the weeks ahead, leading up to the April 28, 2020 elections.