Editorial Finds More County Control Over Public Schools Has Helped

An editorial in the Washington Post finds that Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker’s move to increase oversight helped to put the schools on the right track for improvement. 

At the tail-end of the 2013 legislative session, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker supported state legislation that granted him the authority to select the school superintendent, and select the chair and vice chair of the school board. The law passed and the new arrangement has been in effect for several years now. For more information, see Prince George’s Schools Take New Path.

The Editorial Board of the Post now reflects positively on that change, as reported in the The Post’s View section of the paper,

When Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) made a push for more control over the county’s troubled public schools, his advisers thought he should get his head examined. The problems were so vast and the system so dysfunctional as to present a no-win situation that could result only in political headaches. The advisers were right about the dysfunction — and the headaches. But Mr. Baker was right to make a cause of public education, and his efforts have helped to put the schools on the right track for improvement.

For more information, see Rushern Baker puts Prince George’s children over politics from the Washington Post.