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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Louisiana's state education superintendent will continue to be appointed, rather than elected.

The House voted 56-41 Wednesday against a Napoleonville Rep. Joe Harrison's bill that would have asked voters to decide whether to make the position an elected one. Currently, the superintendent is chosen by the 11-member Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Harrison, a Republican, says people should be given the choice to determine who guides the educational direction of the state. He says an elected superintendent would be more accountable to state residents.

Opponents say an elected superintendent could end up at odds with the elected members of the education board, creating dysfunction. They say the majority of states have appointed superintendents.

Gov. Bobby Jindal opposed the election proposal.

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