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State Education Board Opposes Electing Members

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming State Board of Education has voted to oppose the idea of having some of its members elected.

Currently, 12 of the 13 board members are appointed by the governor with approval from the state Senate. The board establishes broad public education policies, prescribes minimum standards for education programs and accredits public schools.

A proposed bill in the Legislature would have had six board members elected and five appointed, but the proposal died Monday when it wasn’t considered in time.

The board had voiced disapproval of the proposed legislation Monday. Some said the board should be insulated from politics.

Board Chairman Ron Micheli (MEYE’-kuhl-eye) also said he feared that electing members would result in full-time board members. He said he believes elected boards in other states don’t work well.

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