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New law would change school board candidate qualifications

The School Board Governance Improvement Act would raise training requirements and qualifications for board members. The School Board Governance Improvement Act would raise training requirements and qualifications for board members.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

There are new qualifications for becoming a school board candidate.

In the final days of the 2012 legislative session, lawmakers passed the School Board Governance Improvement Act, raising training requirements and standards.

This affects anyone who wants to be a school board member. The expectations for a code of conduct just got higher.

In a nutshell, the law restates the duties and responsibility of the school board members. It requires the state board to adopt a unified code of conduct and have school boards follow it by next spring semester.

School board members will have to step up training requirements.

There is some concern because the law gives the state superintendent the ability to remove a board member from office who breaks the code of conduct.

Critics said this is taking control out of the voters' hands who put the board member in office and back to those in power.

The U.S. Department of Justice has not approved the law yet, but Sallie Howell, the executive director for the Association of School Boards thinks it will pass.

"School board members lead by example, and nothing in here is unreasonable. In fact, it is all designed to improve the quality of education our students receive," said Howell.

Howell will speak Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in Hartselle at Hartselle City Schools central office for a school board candidate workshop and will break down aspects of the new law.

The program is free.

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