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New Brunswick is returning to a system of elected school boards.

Premier Bernard Lord released a discussion paper yesterday looking for ideas and suggestions for a new, more effective structure to govern public education -- one that will involve a return to elected representatives.

The Liberal government of former premier Frank McKenna scrapped elected school boards several years ago in favour of a complex system of parent advisory groups and superintendents under the authority of the Minister of Education in Fredericton.

But the Conservatives are in office now and Mr. Lord said New Brunswickers never accepted the parent advisory groups.

"We want to ensure greater participation of parents and communities in the school system," Mr. Lord said. CP

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