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Lawmakers drop proposal to change higher education structure

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BISMARCK -- After a divisive hour-long debate, Senate lawmakers shot down a proposal this morning to allow voters to decide if they want to replace the State Board of Higher Education.

House Concurrent Resolution 3047 failed by a narrow 24-23 vote. The resolution proposed creating a new full-time three-person commission to oversee the state's 11 public schools, rather than the current board that has eight part-time members.

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