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Arkansas board delays vote on higher education director

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - An ex-state lawmaker appointed to be Arkansas's interim higher education director won't have his position made permanent this week after becoming the target of Republican complaints.

Govenor. Mike Beebe named Shane Broadway to the post earlier this year, and the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board was to vote Thursday on whether to make him permanent. But board chairman David Leech says he'll delay the vote after two lawmakers asked Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to investigate Broadway's selection.

Republican Representatives Jane English and Allen Kerr want McDaniel to say whether officials obeyed state law in the new director search. They also want to define what the law says when it requires the director to be "an experienced educator."

A McDaniel spokeswoman says his office hadn't received the request and declined comment.

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LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - Two Republican state representatives want Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to evaluate whether state law was violated when a former lawmaker was made the state's higher education director.

In a statement, Representatives Jane English of North Little Rock and Allen Kerr of Little Rock say they want to know whether state officials conducted a search as required by state law. They also want to define what the law says when it requires the higher education director to be "an experienced educator."

A McDaniel spokeswoman says his office hadn't received the request Tuesday afternoon.

Republicans have assailed Governor. Mike Beebe for picking Shane Broadway, a former state senator, as the interim director. They accuse Beebe of cronyism.

The state Higher Education Coordinating Board votes Thursday on whether to make Broadway permanent.

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