- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Senate has voted to eliminate the Oregon Education Investment Board, which was the centerpiece of former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s plan to improve public education.

Kitzhaber envisioned the board as a powerful agency overseeing all of education, from preschool through college, with authority to direct money toward the most successful schools. The concept never fully materialized, and the board has many critics who say it’s ineffective.

A bill approved Monday would eliminate the Education Investment Board but retain the staff, including the chief education officer, for four more years. Staff would work on unifying the public education system.

The Senate’s 27-2 vote on Monday sends the bill to the House.


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