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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The debate over who should lead North Carolina’s public education system has returned to the General Assembly in a bill that would shift authority to the statewide elected superintendent.

The House Education Committee discussed a Republican bill asking voters in 2012 to amend the state constitution to shift power from the State Board of Education, whose members are almost all picked by the governor. The board would become an advisory panel and include members chosen by legislative leaders.

Primary sponsor Rep. Bryan Holloway of King told the committee most voters already think the superintendent is in charge, but that’s not true.

Rep. Ray Rapp of Mars Hill is worried the bill would create an “education czar” and upset the checks and balances that education governance has had for decades.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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