Candidate Survey: Bob Glascock for Howard County Board of Education

Bob Glascock



Bachelor of Arts Degree: Towson University, Social Sciences and Secondary Education. 1974
Masters Degree: Loyola University, Modern Studies. 1981
Advanced Graduate Studies: The Johns Hopkins University, Loyola College, University of Connecticut, 40 hours beyond Masters Degree: administration & supervision certification, human relations, education research, statistics, doctoral seminars, curriculum development, and gifted education.

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Education Experience
38 years: Howard County classroom teacher, G/T Program Coordinator, Director of Elementary Curricular Programs, Director of K-12 Curricular Programs, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology and Executive Director at Maryland State Department of Education.

Political Experience
Community Homeowners’ Association President, President of the Maryland Middle School Association, Working with Howard County Board of Education,
Maryland State Board of Education and Maryland State Legislature


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Why are you running for office?
For 38 years as an educator, I received ongoing support from my community and now it’s my turn to give back.

Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Dr. Nancy Grasmick, former Maryland State Superintendent for 20 years.
Dr. Grasmick is a visionary leader who has an astute ability to connect to classroom teachers administrators, local school boards and district personnel,
the Maryland State Board of Education, the Maryland legislature, business, and the community. As result, education funding increased, student achievement improved, and gaps among student groups decreased. Maryland was designated as the number one education state for many years.

What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Handbook of Education Politics and Policy
Bruce S. Cooper,James G. Cibulka, Lance D. Fusarelli June 30, 2008
I taught Education Policy at Johns Hopkins University and I found that this book
provided a contemporary framework on school politics, policy, law, finance, and reform.

What is your favorite book about education, and why?
How Children Succeed
Paul Tough 2012

Paul Tough changes the dialogue about determining childhood success from those who score highest on tests to qualities about character: perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control. I feel this book provided parents and educators with innovative ideas to help all children succeed.

What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
My top priorities will be to:
• Restore public confidence in the Howard County School System
• Develop responsible budgets that support student learning
• Promote safe, nurturing,and student-centered schools.

What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
The biggest issue is providing funds for the school system’s health fund and rapid student growth.

What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
The three biggest issues are education funding, reducing achievement gaps among student groups, and keeping our students and administrators safe.

Have you read your county schools curriculum? If so, which parts do you like and which parts do you dislike?
As former Assistant Superintend of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology, I am very familiar with Howard County’s K-12 curriculum. The curricula is aligned to the Maryland State standards and COMAR. I also wrote the curriculum policy which was approved by the Howard County Board of Education.

What is your position on school spending?
School spending must be provided to implement education programming approved by the local boards of education.

Please identify the three areas which you believe should be prioritized when it comes to school funding
Athletics, Administration Benefits, Administration Pay

What is your position on teacher tenure?
No answer

What is your position on standardized testing?
Standardized testing should be limited.

What is your position on classroom size?
Classroom size should be determined by the needs and requirements of
educational programs.

Do you believe the Board of Education should have taxation authority?

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