Assembly approves partly elected Baltimore County school board

Baltimore County voters would have the long-sought opportunity to vote for some members of their school board starting in 2018 under legislation passed Friday by the General Assembly.

The House voted unanimously to send the bill to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has not said whether he would sign it.

The measure represents a compromise between County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and the county's General Assembly delegations. It would create a hybrid board made up of seven elected and four appointed members, along with one student member.

In a concession to African-American lawmakers, the legislature agreed to create a nominating commission to recommend names to the governor. The reasoning is that the commission could assure that the appointees bring diversity to the board if elections do not.

Some Baltimore County parents have been pushing for an elected school board for decades.

Michael Dresser

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