By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun
6:53 PM EDT, March 30, 2012
A bill that would change the Baltimore County school board into a part-elected, part-appointed body was approved by a Senate committee Friday after the panel made significant changes to the measure.
The Senate Health, Education and Environmental Affairs Committee amended the bill to provide for six elected members and five named by the governor, who would be instructed to seek racial, gender and ethnic diversity in those appointments. The board is now all-appointed, and the original bill called for a 7-4 split between elected and appointed members. The vote for the bill was 7-3, with Chairwoman Joan Carter Conway abstaining. Conway said the bill, which would still have to be reconciled with the House version, is still a long shot. "I don't think that bill's going to fly," the Baltimore Democrat said after the vote.
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