Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statement Thursday in support of a bill being filed by Sen. Del Marsh that would change the state's current elected State Board of Education to a commission appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Alabama Senate.

Ivey said she supports the change because what is being done now is not working.

“Since day one, I have made it abundantly clear to the people of Alabama, our students and educators across the state that improving our education system is a top priority of mine as governor. We can all agree that Alabama students should be given the opportunity for a quality education. Unfortunately, that is not happening today. We must refuse to be complacent with our poor educational rankings."

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