Alabama Department of Education

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Alabama Department of Education
Agency Profile
Superintendent:Tommy Bice
FY 2014 Budget:$1.58 billion[1]
Year founded:1854
Website:Department Home Page
The Alabama Department of Education oversees public K-12 education and public libraries in Alabama. The department was created in 1854 and managed 1,496 schools and 736,339 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[2]



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See also
Alabama Superintendent of Education
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The Alabama Department of Education does not publish a statement of agency responsibility, but the mission statement of the Alabama State Board of Education reads:[3]
To provide a state system of education which is committed to academic excellence and which provides education of the highest quality to all Alabama students, preparing them for the 21st century.[4]


The current Superintendent of Education is Tommy Bice. The following list details his top officials:[5]

  • Chief of Staff: Warren Craig Pouncey
  • Deputy State Superintendent of Education: Sherrill Parris
  • Assistant State Superintendent of Education: Melinda Maddox
  • General Counsel: Larry E. Craven

Departmental divisions

The Department of Education has three divisions managed by the officials listed below:[6]

  • Policy and Budget: Warren Craig Pouncey
  • Teaching/Learning: Sherrill Parris
  • Research, Information and Data Services: Melinda Maddox

State Board of Education

The State Board of Education is composed of nine members, including the Governor of Alabama, who serves as the board's president. The other eight members of the board are elected from eight separate geographical districts in the state for four-year terms. The State Board of Education appoints the state's Superintendent of Education, who also serves as the secretary and executive officer for the board. The purpose of the board is to set policies and regulations for the state's public school system.[7][8]

Organizational chart

The following chart outlines the organizational structure of the Alabama Department of Education:[9]

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