NC lawmaker seeks constitutional change for education, ending elected schools superintendent

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — A North Carolina lawmaker active in setting education policy wants to change the constitution to end elections for a state schools superintendent.

Sen. Jerry Tillman says he's planning to file the legislation in the two-year General Assembly session that starts Wednesday. The Randolph County Republican tells constituents in an emailed newsletter that appointing a state superintendent would improve managing and changing public schools.

Tillman filed similar legislation last year. He didn't respond to an email seeking comment.

The debate over who should lead public education has gone on for decades. The General Assembly has twice come close to letting voters decide whether to have the superintendent appointed by the state board or chosen by ballot.

Govs. Mike Easley and Beverly Perdue both sought to turn the job into a figurehead.

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