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Board of Education member Henn blasts Olszewski’s veto of measure to prevent school overcrowding

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NOTTINGHAM, MD—Baltimore County Board of Education member Julie Henn is the latest public official to blast Johnny Olszewski’s veto of the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance that was approved by the Baltimore County Council.

The County Executive vetoed the measure on Thursday, sparking outcry from Councilman David Marks, TABCO, and many others.

Henn posted the following to Facebook on Friday morning:

I am angered by yesterday’s veto of legislation aimed to curb school overcrowding.

The Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) (31-24) is a good bill: smart, data-driven, and fair. It ensures that the proper development approval checks and balances are in place and implemented with integrity. It requires that current school capacity needs be objectively evaluated prior to every approval – by an independent panel – using data.

Why it will work: Accountability

This bill requires all agencies to acknowledge the real impact of each development on area schools and to implement real, targeted plans to address it. Our kids are real. Our teachers are real. We need real solutions.

I was proud to serve on the APFO task force that formulated the recommendations in this legislation. And I am proud of those on the County Council who supported this bill and who will support an override of this veto: Baltimore County Councilman Izzy Patoka, District 2, Baltimore County Councilman Wade Kach, District 3, Baltimore County Councilman Mike Ertel, Baltimore County Councilman David Marks

It’s time to get real. Because overcrowded schools are no fantasy land.

The Baltimore County Council can override the veto with five votes.

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