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* 1. Alabama voters will vote on a constitutional amendment next March

as to whether to change from an elected state school board

to one appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate.

 

Do you believe we should keep an elected state board or switch to an

appointed one?

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* 2. If you voted to keep an elected board in the previous question, what is your major reason for voting this way? If not, skip to No. 3.

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* 3. If this constitutional amendment passes, the governor will appoint board members, however, they will have to be approved by the state senate which is controlled by majority leader Del Marsh.

Marsh was the sponsor of the Alabama Accountability Act which has diverted $145 million from the Education Trust Fund to give scholarships to private schools.  He also sponsored the charter school law that has major problems with charter schools in Washington County and Montgomery.

How much confidence do you have in Del Marsh to do what is in the best interest of our public schools?

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* 4. Senator Marsh has said that the Business Council of Alabama, the Alabama Farmers Federation and the Alabama Association of Realtors will financially support an advertising campaign to support switching from an elected to an appointed state school board.

Do you believe these groups are more interested in their own special interests or in the betterment of Alabama public schools?

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* 5. Under our present system of electing state school board members, candidates must raise money to run their campaigns.  This usually comes from political action committees.

Under the proposed new system, do you believe the lobbyists who control these political action committees will still play a major role in who gets selected?

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* 6. Alabama changed from an appointed state school board to an elected board in 1969.  Supporters of this change believed that since an appointed board did not answer to voters, there was little incentive for them to stay in touch with local school systems, teachers and principals.

In other words, they believed an appointed board failed to adequately be engaged in the real challenges facing public education.

Do you believe we should return to a failed system of governance or continue with the system we have had for 50 years?

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* 7. If you had to give a letter grade to the Alabama legislature, what would it be?

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* 8. Do you believe education in Alabama is going in the right direction, or the wrong direction?

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* 9. Are you a retired educator?

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* 10. Are you employed by a public school system, but not a teacher?

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* 11. Are you a public school teacher?

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* 12. Do you have children or grandchildren in an Alabama public school?

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* 13. Do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat or Independent?

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* 14. What is your gender?

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* 15. What is your race?

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* 16. What is your age?

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