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North Dakota Board of Education Amendment (2012)

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The North Dakota Board of Education Amendment did not make the November 2012 ballot in North Dakota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The proposed amendment called for placing public education - Kindergarten through college - under one board of education. According to reports, the superintendent of public instruction would no longer have been elected. Instead the proposed agency's director and the advisory board would have been appointed by the governor.[1]

The proposal was sponsored by Rep. Al Carlson.


Measure sponsor and supporter Rep. Al Carlson argued that the proposal would have helped streamline the education administration in the state and lead to more efficient use of state funds.[2]


Sen. Joan Heckaman said the proposed measure could have interfered with local control of schools. Heckaman added, "The right to elect the individual best qualified to lead the state agency responsible for education would be gone forever if this resolution passes." Opponents also argued that if the measure was about saving state funds, the measure provided no answers.[2]

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See also: Amending the North Dakota Constitution

According to the North Dakota Constitution an amendment proposed by either the House or the Senate required only majority approval.

On March 30, 2011 the House approved the proposed measure following a 52-40 vote. However, on April 6 the Senate defeated the measure with a 7-40 vote.[3]

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