Virginia Panels Kill Elected-Board Bill

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Virginia lawmakers once again have turned down a proposal to join other states in permitting the election of local school boards.

A measure that would have called for a statewide referendum on the issue was defeated by a vote of 12 to 8 in the House Privileges and Elections Committee last week. The panel's Senate counterpart had rejected a similar bill by a vote of 11 to 4 last month.

A federal judge last summer upheld the state's system of appointed school boards, dismissing a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of black citizens who charged that the system was discriminatory.

Virginia is the only state that bars locally elected boards.--dc

Vol. 08, Issue 20

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