The state Senate approved a bill Thursday night authorizing a partial takeover of the Prince George's County school system by the county executive.
The legislation, approved 39 to 7, goes now to the House of Delegates. The General Assembly session ends Monday.
The bill, sought by County Executive Rushern Baker, would let Baker choose the school system's next chief executive officer, as the superintendent is called. Baker also would choose the chair and vice chair of an expanded school board.
Opponents said the measure would set a bad precedent statewide and was opposed by county teachers, among others. But Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, who represents part of the county, praised Baker for seeking to take responsibility for the school system, which has some of the lowest test scores in the state. "Right now, people don't know who to blame," Miller said.