Mayor could take more con­trol of city schools

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NEWS -

Baltimore Mayor Cather­ine Pugh would have more au­thor­ity over pick­ing city school board mem­bers un­der leg­is­la­tion passed Satur­day by the Gen­eral Assem­bly. Pugh made seek­ing that au­thor­ity a pri­or­ity this year, say­ing it would help her more quickly make nec­es­sary changes to the city school sys­tem.

The bill, granted fi­nal ap­proval Satur­day by the House of Del­e­gates, would re­move the gov­er­nor from the process of se­lect­ing and re­mov­ing mem­bers of the city school board.

The law now goes to Gov. Larry Ho­gan. He has not said whether he plans to sign it. If he did, it would end years of ef­fort by city law­mak­ers to re­turn full con­trol of the school sys­tem to city of­fi­cials for the first time in 20 years.

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