Mo. Senate committee OKs single board of education

Thursday, April 15, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri lawmakers have taken the first step toward creating a single agency overseeing kindergarten through postdoctoral education.

A proposed constitutional amendment approved Tuesday by a Senate committee would abolish the existing State Board of Education and the Coordinating Board of Higher Education.

The two panels would be replaced by a single governing board for public education. The new board would have one member from each of the state's nine congressional districts, plus four education experts.

If approved by the full Senate and House, the proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution would go on the November statewide ballot.

Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields said combining the departments might not save a lot of money immediately, but could in the future.

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