April 10th, 2007

we can't teach what we don't know
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Prince George's County School Board announcement

Prince George's County School Board

RETURNS TO NINE "SINGLE-MEMBER" ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD

The Maryland General Assembly has voted to return the Prince George's County School Board to nine "single-member" districts. SB-657 requires that beginning in 2010, voters will choose individual members to represent each of the nine school board districts. The senate bill's sponsor, C. Anthony Muse, (D) 26th Legislative District, said "I am elated that we have passed this important piece of legislation. The last election was very confusing to our constituents. I promised I would go to Annapolis and fight to return our school board to its previous makeup, and that's exactly what I have done."

The current board has four "at-large" members and five members who represent "single" districts. Even those five district members are elected countywide although they first have to pass a district-only contest in the primary. The new legislation would mean board candidates no longer have to run countywide.  

"This legislation will make it more affordable for candidates to run, and will allow board members to improve their constituency services, since they will be able to serve in single districts and not the entire county," said Muse.

The passage of SB-657 was lauded by Citizens for an Elected Board, a broad coalition of sixteen civic, education, business, labor, political and civil rights organizations that had strongly pushed for passage.  The bill also had the majority support among the current school board members along with the Citizens for an Elected Board, a broad coalition of sixteen civic, education, business, labor, political and civil rights organizations.  

[NOTE: Dave Cahn of Citizens for an Elected Board informs me, "The Senate bill was amended to read like House bill. To see the accurate text of both bills, go to http://mlis.state.md.us/2007rs/billfile/HB1239.htm and click on 3rd reading under Documents near the bottom. The enrolled (final) version of the two bills is not yet available, but the House 3rd reader is accurate, as far as I can tell." Their press release is here.]

Also, see the latest in news of Prince George's Co. in the Newsvine.