Barbara A Hoffman

Bill would jettison CEO title, restore superintendent to Baltimore school system

Bill would jettison CEO title, restore superintendent to Baltimore school system

Twenty-one years ago, Maryland lawmakers decided they wanted the beleaguered Baltimore school system to conduct itself more like a business and less like an educational bureaucracy.

As a symbol of that intent, and as part of a sweeping package of reforms, the General Assembly decreed that the system’s top official would cease being a superintendent and be reborn as a chief executive officer.

Now, several Baltimore lawmakers want to turn back the clock and junk the chief executive title. If the bill were to pass, CEO Sonja Santelises would become a superintendent much like the leaders of Maryland’s 23 county school systems on July 1.

Del. Keith Haynes, the measure’s chief...

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