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New Law Could Mean Turnover at Board of Ed. Meeting (Aug 25, 2011)

A state law going into effect Friday could mean new faces at next month’s state Board of Education meeting, but it’s unlikely the board will be able to have a quorum of members present.

State lawmakers moved quickly last legislative session to help give new state Superintendent Janet Barresi a slate of board members she could work with.

They passed a bill that effectively clears out the board after Thursday’s meeting, allowing an incoming governor to name replacements. That legislation was in response to Barresi’s first meeting after her election that featured name-calling, shouting and general disagreement between the Republican Superintendent and several Democratically appointed board members. Barresi says she is helping Governor Mary Fallin in selecting new board members.

"We have been asked for recommendations, and we are also reaching out to those individual community leaders and citizens to put forth recommendations as well," Barresi said.

Governor Fallin has already appointed two members to the state Board of Education since her inauguration. Barresi said the governor’s is working hard to fill the board.

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