In the Middle of a State Takeover

The Maryland State Board of Education’s move to take over 11 Baltimore schools has caused a fight between the legislature and the governor. Both the state house and senate voted overwhelmingly, 100-34 and 30-17 respectively, to block the Baltimore schools from being taken under state control and could force Governor Ehrlich to veto the bill, though the vote margins suggest that the legislature can override the veto.

The larger issue is the looming gubernatorial contest between incumbent Bob Ehrlich (R) and democratic front-runner Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley. Partisans view the take over of 11 Baltimore schools as a slam at O’Malley.

As usual, the kids and the state board of education find themselves caught in the middle.

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