Ore. gov to enact birth-to-college education panel

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- One of Gov. John Kitzhaber's top priorities is becoming law.

The Oregon governor will sign a bill Tuesday creating an Education Investment Board, which Kitzhaber hopes will eventually take over governance of education from birth through college.

The measure to be signed Tuesday gives the board limited authority to come up with a plan for how it should function. But Kitzhaber envisions the board will eventually have the power to recommend budgets and to direct policy across all agencies involved in teaching.

Kitzhaber fought hard to create the panel, which was approved by the Legislature last week after months of negotiations. Spokeswoman Amy Wojcicki (woh-CHIK' ee) says the governor's office has not yet received the other 13 education bills approved by the Legislature.