Excerpt By: WRAL. Written By: Kelly Hinchcliff.
A bill filed Thursday by three Republican lawmakers seeks to make major changes to the way the State Board of Education is composed, including electing members instead of appointing them, giving the state superintendent voting rights and removing the state treasurer from the board.
House Bill 133 proposes amending the state constitution so board members are elected by congressional district and serve four-year terms. Under current state law, board members are appointed by the governor, confirmed by the legislature in joint session and serve eight-year terms.
The bill would allow the governor to appoint the school board chair without legislative confirmation. However, the chair would cast votes only in the event of a tie among board members. The bill would also allow the lieutenant governor to continue serving on the board.