Pushing for elected school boards... again
Advocates in various counties across Maryland are teaming up to lobby for elected school boards in their respective systems.
The newly created Maryland Coalition for Elected Boards of Education includes representatives from Baltimore County, Caroline County, Harford County and Baltimore City.
In a press release: "Only 7 out of 24 school boards in Maryland are still appointed by the governor. The group maintains that the time has come for all Maryland citizens to have the right to elect their own board of education." (Baltimore's board is jointly appointed by the mayor and the governor.)
Last year, Republican Del. Barry Glassman drafted a bill that would have phased in a blend of elected and appointed board members in Harford County, but that measure was stymied in committee. This year, Sen. Glassman has introduced a bill requiring that all members of the Harford County School Board be elected.
We debated the pros and cons of elected vs. appointed boards here not too long ago... which structure do you prefer?