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Would school board amendment enshrine ‘identity politics’ in Alabama’s constitution?

If Alabamians vote in March to approve a constitutional amendment stripping voters of their power to elect members of our state’s school board in favor of an appointed commission, then someday our governor could say the following:

“I’m sorry Ms. Jackson, I would love to appoint you to the commission, but we’ve already met our quota of minorities.”

“You’re obviously the best choice, Sarah, but you’re a woman, and we already have enough women.”

“You’re the man for the job, Ed. But that’s the problem, you’re a man, and a white man at that. Sorry.”

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That’s because the measure states that the governor “shall ensure that the appointed membership of the commission reflects the geographical, gender, and racial diversity of the students enrolled in public K-12 education in the state.”

This is a well-intentioned idea to ensure diversity within a well-intentioned effort to save Alabama education.

For example, seven out of nine members of the current board happen to be women when counting Ella Bell, who recently passed away, and Governor Ivey.

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