Maryland Senate moves to give mayor control of Baltimore school board

The Maryland Senate unanimously voted Thursday to grant Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh sole authority to appoint and dismiss members of the city school board. Granting mayoral control to Pugh was the former state senator's top priority for the General Assembly session, which ends in about three weeks. The House of Delegates has not advanced the measure yet. Currently, the mayor and governor share responsibility for picking and removing board members. The legislation also proposes to transfer the role of picking a pool of school board candidates. A new panel would do that job, which is currently done by the state's school board. (Balt. Sun)

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