State Board of Education considers impact of House Bill 17

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The board meets Tuesday

The North Carolina State Board of Education spent much of Tuesday morning in closed session discussing House Bill 17.

The new law signed by Governor Pat McCrory Monday shifts many administrative powers of the state public school system from the board - members of which are picked almost entirely by the governor - to the statewide elected superintendent of public instruction. A Republican will assume the superintendent's job next month.

"We are very interested in seeing how this plays out. It could determine, I think going forward, the relationship between the State Board of Education and the General Assembly, and also the State Board of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction," offered Leanne Winner, Director of the North Carolina School Boards Association.

State Board of Education members had no comment after emerging from closed session.

State Board of Education Chairman Bill Cobey later issued the following statement:

"Today, the State Board of Education directed its attorneys to continue to analyze House Bill 17 and review the constitutional implications of the legislation. We anticipate convening another meeting of the Board before Jan. 1 to decide how to proceed

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