Analysis: Why a city-run school system is a bad idea for Montgomery

August 7, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The City of Montgomery is planning to study the idea of creating a city-operated school system, moving from the current county system.

It is nothing more than window dressing meant to appease the business community.

It is the latest in a long line of “fixes” for the troubled Montgomery Public Schools system, but like the rest of them – including the ongoing Alabama State Department of Education intervention – it ignores the root causes of the problems in favor of window dressing designed to fool outsiders that the school system is changing.

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Montgomery residents “too stupid” for Siegelman documentary

July 19, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Capri Theater won’t be showing the documentary, “Atticus v. the Architect: The Political Assassination of Don Siegelman,” because its members and the surrounding community are just too stupid.

They’re too stupid to separate fact from fiction.

They’re too stupid to understand that any documentary should be taken as only one source of information on a complicated and complex subject matter.

And they’re just too stupid to figure out some other way to see the film.
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A former cop’s thought on President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks

November 30, 2016

By Spencer Collier

Over the last few weeks, as President-elect Donald Trump fills out his cabinet, I have been thinking about a number of important issues close to my heart.

As an Alabamian and former law enforcement officer, I cannot help but be proud that US Senator Jeff Sessions was tapped by President-elect Trump, to serve as the highest law enforcement officer in the land, as US Attorney General. Having served our State in several positions that interacted directly with federal agencies on intelligence issues, I wanted to also share my thoughts on a few appointments that will affect us here at home and on the world’s stage.
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Dial Asks BOE To Postpone Vote On Sentance

August 31, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— On Tuesday, Senator Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) asked the Alabama Board of Education, in an email, to postpone finalizing the hiring of Michael Sentance as Superintendent of Education.

“It has become public that he has had his law license suspended among other concerning issues,” said Dial.

He said that it would be in the best interest of the State not to proceed, in order to allow for more time for an “investigative process” to address some outstanding issues concerning educators and legislators.
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We Can Do Big Things If We Do Them Together

June 7, 2016

Rep. Darrio Melton

On June 4, 1968, California voters went to the polls and resoundingly supported a man who has been regarded as an icon of their generation: Robert F. Kennedy. Only four hours after the polls closed, Kennedy declared victory and addressed his supporters. As he made his way out of the ballroom, he was shot and fatally wounded.

On the anniversary of his death and the eve of the California primary, I can’t help but think about the legacy “Bobby” left, summarized succinctly in one of his most famous quotes: “The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”
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