Hearings Wrap Up for Proposed Board of Education Change

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A proposal to limit the power of State School Superintendent Glenda Ritz is likely in its last public hearing.

A final deal is in the works to make major changes to how a leader is chosen in the State Board of Education.

The revised bill gives the state board of election the power to elect its own chair. But, that wouldn’t take effect until after the next election in 2017.
         
Right now, Glenda Ritz automatically serves as the chair.

One change that would take effect this year is a reduction in the size of the board to nine members. The governor would be given the authority to appoint six of them. The house speaker and senate president would each choose one.

Both the house and senate have approved versions of the bill. They have until Wednesday to reach a final agreement.

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