Board Of Education Elections Matter

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In the next few days The Tentacle will be emailing a questionnaire to the Board of Education Candidates.

If you have a question you would like to have inserted, please message or email it to

We will post the entirety of the questions and responses as provided, without editing.  If a candidate chooses not to respond, we will inform you of that as well.

The Tentacle will highlight one candidate every few days, depending on who responds and how timely.

Board of Education elections are very important to how a Constitutional Republic functions.  What you see happening across America right now can be blamed on/credited to public education, depending on where you fall ideologically. 

What is the function of public education?  Is it to raise a work force?  Create public servants?  Raise social awareness?  Teach social justice?  Open doors of possibilities through inspirational curriculum?  Is it supposed to give them access to the arts, sports, music, theater, classical learning or instill a government ideology? 

Is education supposed to give a student their opinions, or provide a buffet of options to choose from?

What exactly are we spending billions of dollars on to achieve?

Find out where the candidates stand by following The Tentacle.

Board of Education Candidates for 2020 Primary (June 2, 2020) per the Board of Elections:





Jay Johnson – no website or facebook



Caleb Rose withdrew in January 2020

Disclaimer – Neither Dean Rose nor Caleb Rose are related to Cindy A. Rose prior BoE candidate and Editor of

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Cindy A. Rose began writing for the Tentacle in 2011 trying to raise awareness over things happening within Frederick County Public Schools. She began keeping a close watch on FCPS when she learned there were not enough air conditioned buses for special needs children during the hot Maryland summers. The Tentacle offered her a place to share her concerns with her community when local newspapers didn’t always. Cindy had the opportunity to buy the Tentacle from creator/owner John W. Ashbury in 2019, so she did. She believed then, as she believes now, our communities, friends and neighbors have important things to say that needs to be shared with those living around them. Large corporate news companies don’t always share in those passions and concerns. The Tentacle is a local news, commentary and community website run by citizens, for citizens. Its success depends on your participation.