House OKs county school board bill

March 29, 2006

A bill in the General Assembly that would alter the way Anne Arundel County Board of Education members are chosen has passed the House and is scheduled to be heard in a Senate committee.

The bill, which was supported by 10 of the county's 15 delegates, would create a 15-member nominating committee. The governor would be allowed to appoint school board members only from among the names submitted by the commission. School board members would then appear on the ballot in the next general election to retain their seat.

The bill passed last week is nearly identical to one passed by the House last year. It was never voted on by the Senate.

The House passed this year's bill, 132-5. It has been sent to the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs committee.

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