The Prince George’s County school board is dysfunctional, observers say. It has a history of disagreement, and recent conflicts there have stymied decisions for the schools system of 131,000 students: Board meetings have been canceled, three members have resigned in the past three months and business leaders in the county have rallied in demand of intervention from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R). The reason, Prince George’s officials and community members believe, is the school board’s hybrid nature. It is made up of nine elected members and four appointed ones, which include the chair and vice chair, and the two blocs are often opposed.
This school board can’t stop fighting. A Maryland bill aims to fix it.
April 7, 2022