The Prince George’s County Board of Education voted to rescind its opposition to a state bill that creates a task force to study the composition of the school board and another measure that requires the installation of artificial turf fields at county high schools.
The Thursday night vote occurred two weeks after the board voted against the measures. The votes were 8 to 2, with board members Donna Hathaway Beck (District 9) and Edward Burroughs III (District 8) voting to oppose.
The sponsors of the two bills have been lobbying board members to change their vote to help gain passage in the General Assembly. They also have offered amendments that they hope will ultimately gain the board’s support of the measures.
School Board Chairman Verjeana Jacobs (District 5) said she has spent two weeks encouraging her colleagues to reconsider their position on the bill sponsored by Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith (D-Prince George’s) to form a task force to study the school board and its operations.
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