As reported in the Washington Post, now that HB1107: Prince George’s County – School System – Academic Revitalization and Management Effectiveness Initiative has been approved by the Governor, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker may begin to search for a new schools superintendent. While the County Executive will hire the new superintendent, the superintendent will report to school board, as described by the Post.
This compromise, which was devised through the legislative process, has led to a different accountability structure than in other jurisdictions. As reported in the Post,
And if it doesn’t work out, Baker knows there’s only one person to blame. “To make this successful, the person coming in must understand that this is now a partnership with the county executive, that their success is my success,” Baker said. “It is a test of executive authority. We are on the hot seat.”
Since he launched his takeover bid last month, Baker has been accused of usurping the school board’s authority in a surprise power grab. But he has said that nothing short of drastic change could help the school system, which has remained stuck near the bottom in student achievement in the region, with only modest gains in recent years. The superintendent he hires will be the county’s eighth in 15 years.