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“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” –Leo Tolstoy Curry Analyzes Unity of March on Washington Page 22 • C e l e b r a t i n g 4 8 Ye a r s o f S e r v i c e • Serving More Than 50,000 African American Readers Throughout The Metropolitan Area / Vol. 48, No. 24 Mar. 28 - Apr. 3, 2013 Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III (D), center, answers questions posed by Del. Darren M. Swain (D-District 24), regarding his proposal to takeover Prince George’s County Schools during a special session before the Prince George’s delegation in Annapolis on Saturday, March 23. Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah Showdown in Annapolis: Proposed Changes for Prince George’s County Schools Baker Says Reforms Can’t Wait; Jacobs Charges Power Grab By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer   ANNAPOLIS – Who will control Prince George’s County Public Schools is a question that’s shifting and changing daily. A bill, introduced in the state Senate on Tuesday, March 25 would give County Executive Rushern L. Baker III control over the school superintendent and many of the school system’s operations but would leave authority over the $1.6 billion budget in the hands of the school board. The bill, which was introduced by Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters, is what could be described as a “lighter” version of the changes to the school system structure that Baker proposed last week. Exactly how this bill might be amended is unknown. On Saturday, Baker and the chair of the board of education faced-off in a contentious showdown with each other before the Prince George’s House of Dele- gates on the state of the county’s school system. During a special session with the Prince George’s delegation in Annapolis on March 23, Baker laid out his proposal to change the structure of the county public school system so the school superintendent is hired and fired by the county executive and re- Visit us online for daily updates and much more @ Parents, Residents Challenge School Closings Page 10 Council Member Muriel Bowser Throws Hat into Mayoral Race Page 18 ports directly to him instead of to the school board. School Board Chair Verjeana Jacobs expressed her opposition to the plan and said the majority of the board shares her view. Delegates criticized both Baker and Jacobs for a litany of is- Follow us on Dr. James Lyons Named Interim UDC President Page 20 See SHOWDOWN on Page 8 and on DCTV 95 & 96

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