Baltimore Mayor Pugh reiterates plan to seek control of city school board

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh released her priorities for the Maryland General Assembly session.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said Wednesday she will ask the General Assembly to give her the authority to appoint members to Baltimore's school board.

Pugh, a Democrat who resigned from the Maryland Senate after being elected mayor last year, had stated her intent to seek that authority during the campaign.

She also plans to lobby legislators and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to help pay the cost of a consent decree the city has negotiated with the Department of Justice to reform Baltimore's police department. City and federal officials plan to announce terms of the agreement Thursday morning.

"I want to improve the quality of life for all of our residents and will push reforms that significantly improve our police department, school system and neighborhoods," Pugh said in a statement.

Her other priorities include taking away the police union's ability to prevent civilians from sitting on police trial boards and making it easier for citizens to send complaints about officers to Baltimore's Civilian Review Board.

The mayor's full legislative agenda is published on the city's website.

The legislature convened its annual 90-day session in Annapolis on Wednesday.

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