Appointed Education Board Amendment
Alabama Ballot Measure - Statewide Amendment 1
Election: March 3, 2020 (Primary)
Amendment 1 does three things. First, it renames the State Board of Education the "Alabama Commission on Elementary and Secondary Education" and provides that commission members are appointed for up to two terms by the Governor and approved by the Senate rather than elected by the public. Second, it changes the title of the top public education official in the state and provides that this official's appointment would be approved by the Senate. Third, it requires the Commission to adopt education standards in place of "common core."
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to change the name of the State Board of Education to the Alabama Commission on Elementary and Secondary Education; to provide for the appointment of the members of the commission by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate; to change the name of the State Superintendent of Education to the Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education; to provide for the appointment of the secretary by the commission, subject to confirmation by the Senate; and to authorize the Governor to appoint a team of local educators and other officials to advise the commission on matters relating to the functioning and duties of the State Department of Education.
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