KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knoxville Chamber came out against a return to elected school superintendents.
The chamber sent out a statement Monday in opposition as bills on the change are set for debate in House and Senate education panels later this week.
Reasons cited by the chamber include favoring qualifications over political skill and making the superintendent accountable to the school board.
Meanwhile, Congressman Jimmy Duncan supports letting communities decide whether to move back to elected superintendents.
A bill sponsored by state Sen. Frank Niceley would require county commissioners and citizens to approve the change.
Duncan's office says the congressman was asked by Claiborne County Mayor Jack Daniels to write a letter on the issue.