October 8 Political Roundup from Bethesda Magazine

"One of Qi’s opponents, former state Board of Education member Laurie Halverson, is one of only a couple of Republicans given a chance of success this year in a county that has not elected a Republican to office since 2002."

How Maryland's School System Became the Second Least Accountable in the Nation By: Laurie Halverson

Maryland has the unfortunate distinction of being the second least accountable school system in the nation. This means that the federal plan (under the “Every Student Succeeds Act”) to determine school accountability is based on a weaker set of academic factors than most of the nation. Standardized test scores for high schools, for example, account for only 30% of a school’s overall score....

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Former state school board member to run for District 15 delegate



Since the late Del. Jean Cryor was elected from District 15 in 2002, no Republican anywhere in Montgomery County has won election to the Maryland General Assembly.

Laurie Halverson of Potomac, a former member of the state Board of Education, is cautiously optimistic she can change that: She filed Wednesday to run for the House of Delegates from District 15.

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