Alabama State Board of Education

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The Alabama State Board of Education is a nine-member body which authorizes the education policy for the state of Alabama. The governor is the ex officio president of the board. The remaining eight members are elected from single-member districts for four-year terms with no limit on the number of terms to which they may be elected. Members in Districts 1, 3, 5, and 7 are elected in the same cycle as the President of the United States, with their next election occurring in 2016. Members in Districts 2, 4, 6, and 8 are elected in the same cycle as the Governor of Alabama, with their next election occurring in 2014. A President Pro Tem and a Vice President are chosen among the eight Board members to lead Board meetings in the absence of the Governor. Out of the current eight members, six are Republicans and two are Democrats, while six are female (two of which are African-American) and two are male. A state Superintendent of Education is appointed by the board to serve as its secretary and executive officer.


Members of the board include:[1]

  • President (The Governor of Alabama) - Robert J. Bentley
  • Superintendent/Secretary - Dr. Thomas R. Bice
  • Board Members:
    • Tracy Roberts, (R) District 1
    • Betty Peters, (R) District 2
    • Stephanie W. Bell, (R) District 3
    • Yvette Richardson, (D) District 4
    • Ella B. Bell, (D) District 5 (President Pro Tem)
    • Charles E. Elliott, M.D., (R) District 6 (Vice President)
    • Jeff Newman, (R) District 7
    • Mary Scott Hunter, (R) District 8


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