For Release:
April 22, 2010

Contact: Kathy Love — 573.522.1463

Jefferson City — The Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) today issued the following statement regarding the creation of a single board of education to oversee K-12 and higher education.

“The Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) strongly supports efforts to create a more effective education system for Missourians. The passage by the Missouri Senate of SJR 45 is an important first step toward achieving this goal. The CBHE is committed to engaging with all interested parties in developing the final structure of a single board and defining statutory details to ensure the needs of all postsecondary students are addressed.”

The board met jointly earlier in the day with representatives from the State Board of Education and the Coordinating Board for Early Childhood to discuss the potential creation of a single board of education to oversee pre-school through postsecondary education in Missouri.

The Senate passed the resolution this morning by a vote of 30 — 0. The resolution calls for a board made up of six members serving six-year terms who will select a commissioner of education with the advice and consent of the Senate.

The resolution could be considered by the House of Representatives as early as next week. If approved by both chambers, the proposals to change the Missouri constitution to create a single board of education will require passage by popular vote.