Tuesday, March 29, 2011

House Committee Passes Senate’s State Board of Education Reform

Today the House Common Education Committee amended SB 435 which would allow the governor to appoint the members of the State Board of Education. The Common Ed Committee approved SB 435 by a vote of 11 - 4.

“Today’s committee vote demonstrates the House and Senate are dedicated to reforming the State Board of Education’s composition,” stated House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee. “We must implement checks and balances within the Department of Education by creating a structure that will ensure the best interest of Oklahoma’s children will be met.”

Senate Bill 435 provides that governor will appoint one member from each congressional district and one member from the state at-large to the seven-member State Board of Education. Terms will be four years and each member will serve at the pleasure of the governor.

Under the terms of the bill, the governor must make new appointments to the Board by August 1, 2011.

The measure now moves to the House floor.
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