The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that it opposes a constitutional amendment that would abolish the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas Board of Education.
The chamber took its position at a board of directors meeting last week. The constitutional amendment will be on Tuesday's ballot.
John Lungstrum, chamber chair, said board members believe the regents and board of education are the appropriate bodies to oversee public and higher education in Kansas.
"If approved, this constitutional amendment would place all policymaking for schools in Kansas with the state Legislature," Lungstrum said. "The chamber does not feel that this is an appropriate legislative function. The current system works quite well and should be allowed to continue."
The regents oversees seven colleges and universities in Kansas, including Kansas University. The board of education sets policy for public schools, community colleges and technical schools throughout the state.