Pre-filed bill would abolish elected School Board

December 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Atmore, declared war on the state school board of Education with his introduction of Senate Bill 25, which would wipe out the Board and the position of Alabama state school superintendent.

Albritton’s bill would eliminate the position of State Superintendent of Education and reclassify the position as a cabinet position known as the Director of Education.

For decades Alabama governors have complained that they did not have enough power over education in the state.  This bill would turn education into just another cabinet level agency, much like the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency or the Department of Corrections.

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State Superintendent Michael Sentance Resigns

September 13, 2017
Alabama Superintendent Michael Sentance

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

When the Alabama School Board chose Massachusetts Attorney Michael Sentance to be the Superintendent of Alabama’s school systems it was a controversial choice. That controversy only deepened when it was later learned that a certain member of the school board may have misled the public and the rest of the board about an ethics investigation into fellow candidate, Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Craig Pouncey. The controversy around Sentance’s hiring, the controversial of Montgomery Schools, and a series of lapses in judgement and protocol finally led Sentance to resign today, Sept. 13, 2017.
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Mary Scott Hunter warns that the American Dream is in crisis in Alabama

April 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Alabama School Board member Mary Scott Hunter (R) addressed the Alabama Federation of Young Republican who were at the State House for their Annual Legislative Day.

Mary Scott Hunter warned that for too many in Alabama “the American Dream is in Crisis.”

Hunter cited a number of statistics showing that home ownership, children in poverty, joblessness, etc. were worsening across the State and for many Alabamians achieving the American dream is becoming much more difficult.
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Peters Defends Decision to Hire Sentance

September 12, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, September 8, 2016, the Alabama State School Board approved the contract of Michael Sentance of Massachusetts to be Alabama’s next State School Superintendent. The decision on August 8 to make Sentence, who has never actually been a school superintendent anywhere before, has been wildly controversial. On Friday, September 9, State School Board member Betty Peters (R) defended the decision to select Sentence in a column on the anti-Common Core blog site: Truth in American Education.com.
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Is There a Link Between Common Core, Illegal Gains Hubbard Received From BCA Chair?

June 16, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

According to prosecutors, disgraced Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) made $2.3 million in unethical deals over a four year period. Through it all the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) was there helping Mike Hubbard both professionally and personally,

BCA President and CEO William “Billy” T. Canary, Billy Canary, who is a registered lobbyist, testified that he was part of what he called a “kitchen cabinet” that met with Mike Hubbard every week of the legislative sessions. This group also included: Hubbard’s Chief of Staff Josh Blades, Dax Swatek (a lobbyist), John Ross (a lobbyist), and guests invited in by members of the group such as experts in the field being discussed.
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Two State School Board Elections Today

April 12, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 12, Alabama Republican voters in state school board Districts 1 and 7 go to the polls to decide who they want representing them on the Alabama State School Board.

In District 1, career teacher, principal, and college professor Jackie Zeigler (R) is running against Matthew Brown (R). Brown, as reported first by the Alabama Political Reporter, has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from special interests including: the Business Council of Alabama (BCA), the Alabama Farmer’s Federation, and the Alabama Federation for Children. Brown was recently appointed to the positon by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to fill a vacancy on the board. Brown is now seeking re-election to that district.
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Bentley Appoints Committee to Implement ESSA in Alabama

March 21, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 17, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) announced he has established a State implementation committee for the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Gov. Bentley said, “Every state, school and classroom needs the certainty and fairness of a flexible education law. I support the Every Student Succeeds Act because it provides governors a central role in implementation and governance and gives us the flexibility to shape our schools and prepare our students from early childhood into the workforce. This legislation is the greatest devolution of federal powers to the state in 25 years. I challenge Alabama’s implementation committee to create a plan that will continue to move Alabama’s education system forward while keeping in mind the needs of the students being taught.”
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Shelby Votes No on Obama Appointee

March 16, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, March 14, US Senator Richard Shelby voted against the confirmation of former New York Education Commissioner John King as the next US Secretary of Education.

Today I voted “no” on President Obama’s nomination of John King to be the next Secretary of Education. King is an adamant supporter of Common Core and I fear that he will work to advance the Obama Administration’s liberal agenda in our classrooms. I strongly oppose Common Core because I believe that education decisions should be made at a local level – not mandated by Congress.”
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Marsh Introduces Tenure Reform Bill

March 8, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, March 1, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) finally introduced his long discussed Tenure Reform Bill. Earlier versions of the bill were called the RAISE Act. This actually introduced bill is being called the PREP Act, Senate Bill 316.

The Senate Education Policy Committee will address the bill, SB316 today, March 8, at their meeting at 12:30 pm in room 304.
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Stephanie Bell Re-elected to State Board of Education

March 3, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama State Board of Education (SBOE) has become a battleground between pro-Common Core and anti-Common Core forces and that was reflected in the state school board races on Tuesday, March 1. Nobody has been a more vocal opponent of Alabama’s controversial College and Career Ready Standards adopted by the board over Mrs. Bell’s repeated objections.

The staunchly pro-Common Core standards Business Council of Alabama targeted Bell in this election. They endorsed challenger Justin Barkley’s attempt to unseat Bell in the Place 3 race. Despite this and over $100,000 spent by Barkley, Bell won reelection by 18,933 votes. Justin Barkley received 38.85 percent of the vote (43,331). Stephanie Bell received 61.85 percent of the vote, 65,403 57,002 of the 95,071 votes cast.
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