Missouri Senate nearing vote on education merger

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) - The Missouri Senate is nearing a vote on a proposed constitutional amendment merging the state's two oversight boards for education.

The proposal for the November ballot would create a six-member State Board of Education coordinating everything from preschool to graduate school. Missouri currently has separate boards overseeing K-12 public schools and higher education institutions.

Senators already have spent parts of 2 days discussing the proposal and planned to resume debate Thursday. Missouri's existing education boards also are to meet jointly Thursday to discuss the potential merger.

If approved by the Senate, the proposal would also have to pass the House to appear on the November ballot.

Education proposal is SJR45.

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