BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Should voters be allowed to weigh in on the state position of superintendent of education? The topic is stirring mixed views but, currently, the position is appointed.
Rep. Joe Harrison, a Republican from Napoleonville, is pushing legislation to let voters select a candidate for the position. His argument is that education is too important, and parents should be able to help decide on who will take the lead on schools.
"There's a real fear out there that government is trying to take over education, and this is a great move that the committee did today and for the rest of legislature," said Harrison.
BESE president Chas Roemer disagrees, saying an unpopular elected superintendent would be hard to quickly replace.
The bill cleared the House Education Committee. It now heads to the full House, and needs a two-thirds vote to pass.