The Maryland Senate unanimously passed legislation that would create a part-elected, part-appointed school board in Baltimore County as an issue that came into the legislative session as a point of contention moved toward an amicable resolution.
The 45-0 vote sends the bill to the House, which has been working on its own version. The Senate bill reflects a compromise with Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz that was reached last week that gained the support of the county's House and Senate delegations, as well as Sen. Joan Carter Conway, the Baltimore Democrat who heads the Senate's education committee.
Conway had been seen as the chief obstacle to passage of the bill, which Baltimore County lawmakers have been seeking in one form or another for more than a decade. But last week the county delegations agreed to provisions to ensure more diversity on the board, Conway's chief demand. The measure would change the current all-appointed board into one with seven elected members and four selected by the governor starting with the 2018 election.