Hereford parents speak out to Balto. Co. Council on schedule change

Hereford residents who oppose changes to the schedule at Hereford High School spoke out to the County Council on Monday night, saying school system officials haven't taken their input into account.

Members of Hereford Works, a group of parents, teachers and students, said changes planned by Superintendent Dallas Dance will hurt students' learning opportunities. In 2013, Dance announced that all high schools would be on the same schedule next year, with students taking eight classes per semester.

Dance says the eight-class schedule will help struggling students who want to transfer, reduce class sizes and save money.

Hereford and some other high schools currently take four classes per semester, which supporters say helps both students who accelerate and those with learning disabilities such as attention deficit disorder.

"This schedule is a great schedule," parent Kathleen Causey said.

Councilman Todd Huff, a Lutherville Republican whose district includes Hereford, also opposes the new schedule and said schools are dealing with too many changes at once — such as redistricting, the implementation of the Common Core curriculum and the schedule alterations.

The County Council doesn't have authority to set school schedules, but members can try to work with school system officials, he said.

"I feel that we just need to step back and re-evaluate," Huff said after the meeting. "I am still in the process of working with the superintendent to try to come up with a solution."

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