Missourians could have the power to directly elect members of the state Board of Education

By: | February 24, 2021

Currently, members of the Missouri Board of Education are nominated for eight-year terms by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. A resolution to change that was brought before the House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday by Rep. Dottie Bailey, R-Eureka.

As a joint resolution making a change to the state Constitution, Bailey’s proposal would require approval of the voters in addition to passage in the legislature. If passed, voters in each of the state’s eight federal congressional districts would vote for their own board member during November presidential elections.

Bailey painted a picture of her resolution as increasing the accountability of board members to the people.

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