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Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker has appointed a new chairman of the county's Board of Education. Dr. Segun Eubanks was sworn in Saturday under a new state law, which allows the county executive to choose the county school board chair. The controversial law, which went into effect yesterday, also allows Baker to choose the school's superintendent and three members of the board.
Eubanks, the director of teacher quality for the National Education Association, is also the parent of two students in the county's schools. Eubanks also served as chairman of Baker's commission on education for the past year.
The appointment follows a petition drive by the group 'Citizens for an Elected Board' who sought to block the legislation. The petition came up short of 2,500 signatures. Eubanks replaces board chair Verjeana Jacobs.