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Legislator Wants to Change Composition of State School Board

Legislator Wants to Change Composition of State School Board



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Right now, Utah's state school board has 15 members elected without a declared party affiliation.

But state Representative Carl Wimmer (a Herriman Republican) would like to make some big changes in the composition of the board.

He is drafting a bill to seat 29 members on the state Board of Education. They would come from voting districts that mirror the Senate. Candidates would have to declare a party and make it through party conventions if they want to run for office.

Wimmer contends his plan would bring better representation to the state Board of Education, with members closer to the areas that elect them.

But board Chairman Kim Burningham suggests that such a change would make board members tied in closer to party politics rather than the people they would represent.

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Information from the Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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