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Mixed reactions to eliminating governor's appointees to education board

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It's a bill with major implications for GovGuam's largest, and arguably most important department. The measure, by Senator Joe S. San Agustin, would eliminate all three of the Governor's appointees to the Guam Education Board, effectively removing much of Adelup's direct influence over education.

The bill would also give voting rights to the student regent, the union board representative, and the mayor's council representative, all of whom are currently non-voting members.

Reaction to the bill was mixed, including from GDOE Board chairman Mark Mendiola,, who said, "I've been elected before, I've been appointed before, so to me it's really up to the individual. I take my role very seriously, and so the members on our board that are appointed by the governor also take their roles very seriously. And we just continually educate ourselves and try to continuously improve so, with that I'll leave it up to the wisdom of the legislature."

The bill would also extend the terms of all voting members from two years to four. If passed, it would also take effect on January 1, 2019.

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