In 1997, Minnesota repealed their State Board of Education. Minnesota now stands as the only state in the union without a state board or an elected education commissioner. State boards of education may not be the Holy Grail of public school governance, but Minnesota is in the unique position of having a de facto school board of 201 legislators determining education policy.
Instead of one body that studies education issues and makes recommendations for the political process about what needs to be passed into law, we have policy passed into statute by legislators elected to represent their constituents.
More of the education policies playing out in public schools today are being determined in the hyper- partisan state legislature and Congress than ever before.