Solomons, MD – February 3, 2020 – Chad Leo, a recent graduate from Patuxent High School announces his candidacy for the Calvert County Board of Education, making it official on Friday, January 24th.
Leo is the only candidate to have a direct connection with the schools. His parents are both educators; one working inside of CCPS, and his siblings attend local schools. He believes this direct understanding of how the system operates and the needed changes that must take place, gives him a unique perspective from which to carry out his duties upon election. Leo is the only challenger to the 8-year incumbent from the 1st district.
“Every day I’m seeing the school system that gave me the best education in the world, continually decline,” he said. “Teachers are fed up and not motivated; school safety is atrocious; students are being treated like numbers instead of people; and technology is not utilized.”
Since the beginning of this school year, teachers have packed Board of Education meetings, speaking against the direction that the schools are heading, particularly with concerns over recent curriculum and contract amendments.
“Our schools have not been kept up with the 21st century practices and it’s not helping the cause when you have leadership who hasn’t been in our schools in decades. There is a difference between showing up once a month for ceremonial walkthrough, and attending classes day-in and day-out. I have first-hand knowledge of what’s working and what isn’t” Leo continued. “My vision for the Calvert County Public School system is one that works for every student regardless of their zip code, supports and recognizes the work of every teacher, and holds themselves accountable to the community. We need informed leadership to advocate for the key stakeholders within our schools.”
Leo is an outspoken activist, former Treasurer of the Maryland Association of Student Councils, and a past member of the Citizens Advisory Council. He has experience working with legislators, leading organizations, and speaking on behalf of educators at board meetings. More information regarding Mr. Leo can be found at his website, chadforcalvert.com.