The state Board of Education has voted to go ahead and grant state Superintendent Janet Barresi much of the board's powers, ahead of the implementation of a bill that does the same.
The board met Monday for the first time since Gov. Mary Fallin signed House Bill 2139 into law. The bill would have taken effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns in late May. After a contentious meeting in January, during which the board rejected three of Barresi's proposed hires, the Legislature passed the bill that took away the board's authority to develop a budget for public schools and giving it to the superintendent. New board member Phil Lakin of Tulsa says it's wise for the board to go ahead and give Barresi those powers now. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.