Four members of the Alabama State Board of Education, including Tuscaloosa area member Sandra Ray, voted against an amendment to the K-12 Social Science Course of Study that would have required students to read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Governor Riley, who had been at the meeting earlier and spoke in favor of the amendment, left early, before the vote could be taken. As a result, the measure tied and therefore failed to be adopted.
We wonder why four members of the Board voted against this commen-sense amendment, one that would have strengthened our students’ understanding and apprecition of their country’s founding documents.
Perhaps Tuscaloosa voters will remember Ms. Ray’s vote, too, when she comes up for re-election this Fall.