ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III wants control of the county’s struggling school system, and he took to the phone Tuesday night to inform county residents of his plan.
Baker held a telephone town hall Tuesday night and fielded calls from residents who raised questions and concerns about Baker’s plan to take control of the county’s public school department superintendent and schools budget.
Maryland lawmakers on Monday introduced a measure that would give Baker more control over county schools but hand over the $1.7 billion schools budget to a reformulated Board of Education. That would split power between Baker and the board.
Under the legislation, Baker would select the superintendent, who would be confirmed by the County Council.
The school system has had five superintendents in the past 10 years and the state’s second-largest school system has ranked near the bottom statewide. Prince George’s County has 123,000 students in its public school system.
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