JSU professor running for state school board

The Anniston Star has highlighted my campaign for the Alabama State School Board.

McCarty, a Republican, is the first candidate to announce in the race for the District 6 seat on the Alabama State Board of Education. The district, which was redrawn in redistricting two years ago, includes all of Calhoun County, as well as Cherokee, St. Clair, Blount, Marshall and Morgan counties.

The district is currently represented by Charles Elliott, a Decatur anaesthesiologist who isn’t seeking another term. Elliott, a Republican, told Decatur-area news outlets over the summer that he was leaving to focus on his medical practice.

McCarty, 53, has taught at JSU for 23 years and is director of the college’s Center for Business and Free Enterprise, Education and Entrepreneurship.

McCarty said she’s entering the race partly because of the uneven results she’s seen from the state’s K-12 system. Some JSU freshmen, she said, are “ready for Harvard,” while others need remediation before they’re prepared for college courses.

“I regret when students have to take those remedial classes,” she said. “They take time and they cost money, and the students don’t get credit for them.”

McCarty grew up in Auburn and got her undergraduate degree there. She went on to get a master’s in business administration from Samford University and a doctorate in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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