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PG County Executive Rushern Baker holding town hall meeting on plan to take over schools

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Residents of Prince George's County have mixed feelings about Rushern Baker's plan to take control of the county school system.

On Tuesday night, the county executive is hosting a telephone town hall meeting to answer their questions. Residents were required to pre-register to get a call back from Baker to answer their questions.

Some residents who spoke to FOX 5 said they would have preferred the regular, face-to-face style town hall meeting. Others said the phone-style version would allow more people to participate.

Prince George's County has long been plagued by reports of failing schools and underachieving students. Baker says if he's allowed to take over, appoint the superintendent and add members to the school board, he thinks there will be better accountability and improved schools.

The county council would confirm the superintendent under his plan.

The school board's new focus would be on policy and academics, while the new superintendent deals with the budget.

The state legislature will have to approve the shift in school control, and lawmakers have only two weeks left in the current legislative session. Baker says he thinks they have time to do it.

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