- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 13, 2002

ANNAPOLIS Legislation to create a control board that could override decisions of the Prince George's County school board went forward without debate yesterday in the Maryland House of Delegates.
Debate and a recorded vote are expected tomorrow on the bill, which would create a five-member panel that could veto decisions on key personnel and contracts of $25,000 or more.
The bill is an emergency measure and would require approval by three-fifths of the House to move to the Senate.
Lawmakers sponsored the measure backed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening, a Democrat after a long-running feud between schools superintendent Iris T. Metts and the county school board culminated in the board's 6-3 vote to fire her Feb. 2.
The state school board reinstated Mrs. Metts on Monday, ruling that only the state superintendent had authority to fire her.
The county school board meets today, and the county House delegation chairman, Delegate Rushern L. Baker III, a Democrat, said lawmakers have heard the school board plans to suspend Mrs. Metts at that meeting.
Legislation is also pending in the General Assembly to restructure the school board and replace some or all of the elected members with appointed ones.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers are coming together on what they call an issue of fairness.
They took part in a rally yesterday to demand that Mr. Glendening's proposed legislative redistricting plan be revised.
Sen. Norman Stone, Baltimore Democrat, said the plan unfairly and unnecessarily divides communities and neighborhoods across the state.
Some of Mr. Stone's constituents attended the rally to protest the way the plan splits up the southeast Baltimore County area.
Sen. Clarence Mitchell IV of Baltimore, who threatened to leave the Democratic Party over the redistricting proposal, organized the rally.
Republicans have proposed an alternative plan, but there's little support for it within the legislature.
This article is based in part on wire service reports.


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