Remember that provision in the MOHELA bill signed by Gov. Blunt that bars public universities from denying jobs to state legislators because they do not have a graduate degree?
Sen. Tim Green, D-Spanish Lake, had been promoting the idea for years, according to the Associated Press. “There’s just people like myself that when we leave politics, we’d like to educate students,” he said. “The idea isn’t to line up jobs afterwards. There is nothing self-serving in it.”
Well, now the Alabama State Board of Education has barred state legislators from working for public two-year colleges after more than a year of scandal. In one case, reported by the Birmingham News, a Democratic state representative making $75,000 at Calhoun Community College in Decatur often misses work for weeks at a time. The college has also paid her while she attending the legislative session in Montgomery but claimed to be working for the college. Supporters of the policy say it’s needed to overcome allegations of political patronage, nepotism and fraud.
Bradley R. Byrne, chancellor of the state’s two-year college system, told the Chronicle of Higher Education that it was inappropriate for lawmakers to double-time as college employees. “It presents an inherent conflict when someone who sets your budget is also your employee,” Mr. Byrne said.
Despite objections from Alabama Education Association, which calls the new policy as a ploy to target “pro-education” legislators and plans to fight it in court, Richard Novak, of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, said Alabama should consider implementing the ban at all public universities.