Ore. House votes to take schools chief off ballot

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon House has voted to take the state schools chief off the ballot.

The 38-22 House vote on Tuesday sends the measure to the governor. The bill would designate the governor the superintendent of public instruction. The position is currently a separately elected position held by Democrat Susan Castillo.

Gov. John Kitzhaber has said he supports the measure, which would take effect when Castillo's term expires.

Supporters say the bill would make the position less political and help the state select the most qualified leader to run the Department of Education. Opponents say voters deserve to have a say on such an important position.

The bill is one of 14 education measures under consideration on Tuesday.