Another year, another elected school board bill
A small but vocal group of parents has tried for the last couple years to push legislation for a locally elected school board in Baltimore. (The board is currently appointed jointly by the mayor and the governor.) The effort has never gone far in Annapolis, but this year, the parents are at it again, backed by Del. Cheryl Glenn, who will introduce the bill on their behalf. The group held a press conference outside system headquarters this morning.
In my years as an education reporter, I've covered both elected and appointed school boards and seen advantages and disadvantages to each. What structure do you favor? And do you support the city-state partnership in Baltimore?
In other city schools news... Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson Elementary, which was just named an International Baccalaureate World School. Thomas Jefferson is the first school in Baltimore and the second in Maryland to become certified to offer IB's "primary years programme."