State Senate approves brief delay in state education merger

Jan 3, 2013

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The state Senate approved a bill Thursday to allow additional time for a controversial merger of two state boards of education.

The bill will continue the existence until March 7 of separate state boards for K-through-12 and public higher education. It also pushes back until September the final structure for combining the two boards.

Senator Dawson Hodgson (R-North Kingstown) said it’s doing things backwards to empower the combined education board in March without deciding how it will operate. The Republican senator’s amendment to change the merger process was easily defeated by majority Democrats.

Critics say the idea of merging the two education boards was approved too quickly last year and without enough public scrutiny. Supporters say the move will promote efficiency and is needed to improve public education.

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