N.D. Lawmakers Drop Proposal to Change Higher Education Structure

Friday, April 19, 2013

After a divisive hour-long debate, Senate lawmakers shot down a proposal this morning to allow voters to decide if they want to replace the State Board of Higher Education.

House Concurrent Resolution 3047 failed by a narrow 24-23 vote. The resolution proposed creating a new full-time three-person commission to oversee the state’s 11 public schools, rather than the current board that has eight part-time members.

Passage of the resolution would have put the proposal up for a statewide vote.

Those favoring the proposal said the higher education system has been broken and there is a constant power struggle between the State Board and legislative and executive branches of government.

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