Section 16-35-1

Composition; appointment, qualifications and terms of members.

The State Board of Education shall appoint a courses of study committee as set forth below for the purposes and functions as hereinafter provided. The State Courses of Study Committee shall consist of 28 members to be selected as follows:

(1) One elementary teacher (grades K through six) and one secondary teacher (grades seven through 12) from each of the seven congressional districts who are teaching in the course of study areas to be revised during their terms of office;

(2) Four members from the state at-large actively engaged in a supervisory or administrative capacity in the field of education and who are knowledgeable or who have had previous teaching experience in the course of study areas to be revised during their term of office;

(3) Three members who are employees of state institutions of higher learning and who are specialists in the course of study areas to be revised during their terms of office; and

(4) Seven additional members appointed by the Governor, one from each of the seven congressional districts, each of whom shall be either a business or professional representative not employed in the field of education. The Governor's appointees shall have expertise and be actually involved in the course of study field under consideration and shall be confirmed by the Senate.

Additional standards for membership on the State Courses of Study Committee may be established by the State Board of Education other than those prescribed hereinabove. Said standards shall be sent to every local board of education and every county and city superintendent.

Local boards of education, through their superintendents, shall nominate persons to serve on these committees. Local boards shall furnish credentials of each person recommended, including a summary of each person's qualifications for membership on the committee. All nominations along with said credentials shall be forwarded to the State Superintendent of Education. The State Board of Education, upon the recommendations of the State Superintendent of Education, shall appoint all members of the State Courses of Study Committee from the nominees made by the local boards of education. The Governor's appointments need not be nominated by a local board of education, nor recommended by the State Superintendent of Education, nor approved by the State Board of Education.

The term of office of the members of said committee shall be for a period of one year, beginning on the first day of May 1984; provided, however, that the terms of office for the Governor's initial appointees shall begin immediately upon their initial appointment. The members shall hold office until their successors are appointed.

(Acts 1965, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 221, p. 288, §1; Acts 1984, No. 84-235, p. 356, §1; Acts 1991, No. 91-323, p. 602, §5.)