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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hawaii voters may get to decide if school board should be appointed

Associated Press

HONOLULU Hawaii voters may get to decide whether the state's elected Board of Education should be replaced with officials appointed by the next governor.

The House Finance Committee approved a bill Tuesday that would place the issue on November's ballot. The measure now advances to the full House, and then the final language would be decided in a conference committee with senators.

The proposal's supporters say an appointed board would be more accountable, and future governors could stack the board with appointees who share their views on education. The board would still appoint the superintendent.

Gov. Linda Lingle pushed for a different proposal that would have allowed the governor to appoint the school superintendent.