Horne: I think BCPS students are being short-changed, especially in my district. We’re told that BCPS graduates 90% of students on time, but when you look a little closer, you can see that we’re graduating students who aren’t ready for all that college or adulthood requires of them. They don’t have experience with financial literacy, they’re not prepared academically for college in some cases, and those that decide to forgo college in favor of going into the work force often don’t know all of their options. We want students who are globally competitive, but in my opinion, we aren’t helping enough. Teachers need more resources, students need more time, and I don’t think we’re doing enough to help them get what they need. With that said, BCPS does some things well. We offer very rigorous courses, schools are well kept for the most part, and that high graduation rate is great. But these things are disproportional across districts. In my district, that graduation rate is lower for some schools, the buildings are not as modernized as those elsewhere in the county, teachers have a lot more students in every class than they should and there’s a general sense of frustration around education. I don’t think that’s right. School is supposed to be a type of training for our young people to enter the world and we can do better.