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Published February 24, 2011, 08:48 PM

Amendment Would Dump ND Board of Higher Ed

A proposed constitutional amendment would eliminate North Dakota's Board of Higher Education and abolish the office of state school superintendent.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment would eliminate North Dakota's Board of Higher Education and abolish the office of state school superintendent.

House Republican majority leader Al Carlson of Fargo is sponsoring the amendment.

It would remove specific references to North Dakota's colleges from the constitution. Voters have rejected a similar proposal before because of concerns that some colleges would be closed.

It would replace the elected state superintendent of public instruction with a director of education who would be appointed by the governor.

The Board of Higher Education would be replaced by an 11-member education board that would oversee all North Dakota public education, from kindergarten through college.

The resolution is HCR3046. No hearing has been scheduled for the proposed amendment.

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