If you live in Maryland, this is a must read. Don't think it's only going to affect people in Prince George's County:
With its financial woes, low test scores, frequent leadership turnover and underperforming schools, Prince George's County's school system is failing its approximately 125,000 students, and its elected school board appears highly dysfunctional. Under these dire circumstances, it's not surprising that County Executive Rushern L. Baker III wants to intervene.
But what Mr. Baker seeks — direct control over the district's day-to-day operations and authority over its next superintendent — would be unprecedented in Maryland. The carefully constructed wall between public K-12 education and electoral politics would be torn down with potentially troubling, precedent-setting consequences for the state's other school systems.
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The House and Senate Delegations will
hold a three-hour public hearing on the legislation on Monday April
1st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Annapolis in the Joint Hearing room of
the Department of Legislative Services Building. For details go to the county delegation website: