MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — The votes are in, and Alabama has decided to reject Amendment One.
The Amendment was proposed to change how Alabama chose its members of the State Board of Education. The amendment would have essentially fired the current board and replaced them with governor-appointed members that would be confirmed by the Senate.
Gov. Kay Ivey, who strongly supported the bill, is disappointed with the result, according to a statement from her office.
Amendment One was a bold and ambitious effort to transform our state’s public schools. Governor Ivey was willing to step out and support this idea because she firmly believed leadership – and change – started with the Board itself. Tonight, however, it appears the fear of losing the right to elect our State School Board members was greater than the confidence we had that fundamental change could be made. While disappointed, the governor’s resolve to improve our public education system remains intact. Amendment One is not where her plans for education stop, and you’ll see her continue to be more innovative and creative with her approach to improving Alabama.From the office of Gov. Kay Ivey