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Dispute raised over chairmanship of GEPB

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by Michele Catahay

Guam - There's some debate about whether Joe San Agustin can hold the chairperson position on the Guam Education Policy Board for a third time.  A vote was taken during last night's GEPB meeting, but the board is now seeking further legal advice as a law passed in 2007 prohibits members from holding the chairmanship for more than two consecutive terms. 

There's debate though on when the law requires the mandate to take effect.  San Agustin says the board's legal counsel says his appointment to a third term is legal, but that they'll move forward with getting a second opinion.  "Based on the history and the interview with the author of the bill that changed the law from once a year or one term at a time to two consecutive terms was to be prospective; in other words, was not to be applied to the third education policy board, but the fourth Education Policy Board and forward," he told KUAM News.

San Agustin won the seat in a 6-to-2 vote, with Dr. Jose Cruz and Dr. Lee Meadows opposed.

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