Senate approves measure to abolish state school board

Senate approves measure to abolish state school board
New legislation making its way through the state legislature could change how the Alabama State Board of Education is filled. (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has approved a measure aimed at replacing the elected state school board with an appointed commission.

Senators on Thursday voted 30-0 for the proposed constitutional amendment supported by Gov. Kay Ivey and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh. The proposal now moves to the House of Representatives.

Members would serve six-year terms and be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.

Voters would have to approve the change.

According to the National Association of State Boards of Education, Alabama is one of seven states with an elected board.

Marsh says chronically low test scores demonstrate the need for change.