By RYAN QUINN
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s House Education Committee on Wednesday passed, 13-8, a proposed amendment to the state’s Constitution that would allow elections for six of the nine state Board of Education members and shorten their terms from nine years to six years.
But the amendment (House Joint Resolution 103) also greatly shifts power from the state school board members, elected or not, to the state Legislature. All nine members are currently gubernatorial appointees.
All Republican committee members in attendance voted for the amendment, and all attending Democratic members opposed it. Delegates Blair, R-Berkeley; Kelly, R-Wood; Rohrbach, R-Cabell; and Hicks, D-Wayne, were absent.
The amendment would change the Constitution’s line that introduces the state board to say this: “The general supervision of the thorough and efficient system of free schools as provided by general law shall be vested in the West Virginia Board of Education which shall perform such duties as may be prescribed by general law.”
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