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About Alabama

About Alabama

Alabama has a Department of Education, a State Board, and a State Superintendent. The State Board consists of 9 members elected to 4-year terms.

Education law and structure

Education law and structure

  • Education in State Constitution: Article XIV: Sections 256-270

  • Education in State Code: Title 16: Chapters 1-67

  • State Board Members: 9 Members; Elected; 4-year term

  • Education Authorities: DoEd: State Board; State Superintendent

Education Leadership

Education leadership

  • State Governor: Kay Ivey

  • State Superintendent of Education: Eric Mackey

  • Local school board members: The easiest way to contact your local school board members is to use an online search tool like XQ or simply look up your school district’s website online. There will almost always be a section of the district website listing the names and contact information of your local school board members. If their contact information is not listed, call your school’s office for assistance.

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Education Stats And Facts

  • According to, there are approximately 724,178 children enrolled in Alabama’s public schools as of 2020. Alabama also enacted public charter school legislation in 2015 that currently serves around 1,200 students. Private and homeschool numbers are not tracked, but approximately 4,000 students took advantage of Alabama’s tax-credit school choice program in the state’s private schools last year.


Here we’ve collected links to additional resources so you can become better acquainted with your state system.