Baker plans telephone town hall to discuss Prince George’s school takeover plan

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) will hold a telephone town hall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss his plan to takeover the county school system.

Baker wants to have direct control over the school superintendent and the system’s $1.7 billion budget, a move that would significantly limit the role of the county Board of Education.

Power struggle over Prince George’s schools takeover plan

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Baker tells lawmakers time is of the essence as they consider his school system takeover plan.

Prince George’s Board of Education opposes Baker’s schools takeover plan

Prince George’s Board of Education opposes Baker’s schools takeover plan

As county officials put final touches on legislation for Annapolis, board says it is strongly against proposal.

Pr. George’s executive moves to take over school system

Pr. George’s executive moves to take over school system

Schools superintendent would become a cabinet-level position, pushing aside Board of Education.

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Reaction to the proposal has been mixed, with some parents applauding the plan and union and civic leaders opposing it.

Residents who want to participate in the town hall should send an e-mail to countyexecutive@co.pg.md.us by 11 a.m. Tuesday. The e-mail should include “Telephone Town Hall” in the subject line and include name, address and a phone number where you can be reached. Several thousand county residents also will be invited to participate in the town hall, county officials said.

Residents can also offer written testimony about the proposal to the Prince George’s House delegation by sending an e-mail to pg2@mlis.state.md.us by Wednesday.

Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Prince George’s) and Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters (D-Prince George’s), the county delegation chairs, said last week that public hearings (which are still unscheduled) will be held in Annapolis to discuss the proposal.

 
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