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Published April 06, 2011, 04:31 PM

ND Senate Defeats Changes to Education System

North Dakota senators have rejected a proposal to get rid of the state school superintendent and the Board of Higher Education.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota senators have rejected a proposal to get rid of the state school superintendent and the Board of Higher Education.

New Rockford Sen. Joan Heckaman says there was no evidence the change would save money, streamline administration or improve student test scores.

Senators voted 40-7 on Wednesday to defeat a constitutional amendment that sought to change the oversight of North Dakota's education system from kindergarten through college.

The amendment established a new Department of Education and gave the governor authority to appoint the agency's director and an 11-member advisory board.

The present Board of Higher Education would have been abolished and the North Dakota superintendent of public instruction would have been eliminated as an elected office.

Heckaman says the proposal would have interfered with local control of schools.

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