Kitlowski: I attended and taught in Baltimore County schools. I have a personal commitment to the system. I know what works and doesn’t work. I fought for better schools as a TABCO representative, writing letters, talking with legislators, and going to rallies. As a Special Ed. teacher, I advocated for more opportunities for students. As a parent, I demanded accountability of my daughter’s schools. I see serving on the Board of Education as the next step. In knowing the system, I can hold the superintendent accountable, not only to budgeting but also to curricular and disciplinary issues. I believe my experience will benefit not just the teachers, students and parents in District 6, but all of Baltimore County. I believe BCPS should prepare students for life, not just graduation. The leadership of BCPS made decisions that were often more about ulterior motives than what was best for students, parents and teachers. Sometimes it seemed like making the Newsweek list was more important than our student’s education. This mindset generated the agenda and priorities of the system. Many parents, teachers and students have been left out of the decision making process. When I started in BCPS, participatory decision making was not only encouraged, it was common. There are many great teachers in BCPS. There are many dedicated parents. There are many students who , now more than ever, need a world class education system based on authentic, tested and vetted programs.