In Prince George's County, MD, legislation has recently been approved to give the county executive exclusive powers over schools. (Cnty Exec Rushern Baker, III, appeared on April 4 show.) Janis Hagey and David Cahn, co-chairs of Citizens for an Elected School Board, appeared on the May 9 show to discuss their efforts to reverse this impending action. Iris Toyer, longtime DC activist and former member of DC's elected school board, offered additional perspective.
Hagey and Cahn argue that no jurisdiction which adopted executive control over schools -- New York, DC, etal. -- has seen improvements in outcomes for students. Baker said his proposal would benefit from errors in other locations and stressed longevity of superintendents -- excepting DC -- under executive control. Three finalists for Supt. have since withdrawn, and the interim Supt. is leaving a month before his contract concludes. Visit WeActEd.wordpress.com for more on this story and contact information.