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Md. Bill Gives Prince George’s Executive More School Control

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers have introduced a bill that would give the Prince George’s County executive more control over county schools.

However, the measure introduced in the Maryland Senate on Monday would give control of the $1.7 billion schools budget to a reformulated Board of Education. That would split power between the county executive and the board.

County Executive Rushern Baker had sought control over the superintendent and the schools budget. 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.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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