Maryland lawmakers approved a measure that will allow County Executive Rushern Baker to select the county's new schools superintendent and choose the chairman and vice chairman of an expanded Board of Education. However, the school board would remain in charge of the budget.
The measure passed in a 7-1 vote late Wednesday, and now moves on for approval from a Senate committee.
Baker had proposed an extensive overhaul of the school system, which would allow him to not only to select the new superintendent, but also control the school system's $1.7 billion budget. That proposal got a firm push back from the school board.
Baker says he's pleased with the current compromise and believes it will put the system on the right path.