It is ironic that the General Assembly of 1914 was concerned that public schools suffered from political influence and requested an outside study of the governance of the system. The result was the Flexner Commission, named after Abraham Flexner, a noted educator from New York. He concluded that the Maryland system "was infested with the vicissitudes of partisan politics." His recommendations were adopted by the General Assembly in 1916. The new law established many requirements that still exist a century later, e.g., the 180-day school year and free textbooks. Arguably, the most important reform of the legislation took the appointment of the state superintendent of schools out of the hands of the governor and placed it within the powers of the State Board of Education, the system that exists today.