State lawmakers want a greater role in choosing the next leader of the Baltimore city school district, and want to give city voters some say in the makeup of the school board.
Amid growing criticism of the city's appointed school board and calls for the ouster of schools CEO Gregory Thornton, the General Assembly approved legislation this week that would overhaul the process by which school leadership is selected.
The bill would make two lawmakers nonvoting participants in choosing the CEO, and expand the school board from nine members to 11.
The two new board members would be elected by city voters. Baltimore's is the last school board in the state to be composed...