Ivey announces $1.5 million grant to help expand state pre-K to more schools

December 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded a $1.5 million grant to help expand the state’s Pre-K through Third Grade Integrated Approach to Early Learning program.

“I’m thrilled to announce the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education a $1.5 million grant that will go a long way in helping us to expand our Pre-3 program,” Ivey said. “Ensuring that our children receive a high-quality, early childhood education is a key component to my ‘Strong Start, Strong Finish’ initiative. I’m thankful the Kellogg Foundation is helping me to invest in the future of Alabama’s children.”

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Sewell opposes cuts to Head Start

September 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, August 31, 2017, U.S. Representative Terri Sewell, D-Selma, sent an email to constituents where she praised the Head Start program and lamented proposed cuts to the program for impoverished children, including the closing of some Head Start Centers in rural Alabama.

Congresswoman Terri Sewell wrote, “You might know that Early Head Start has provided educational jumpstarts to children ages 0 to 3 in parts of our congressional district and has expanded those services to the Choctaw, Dallas, Marengo, and Wilcox County service area. The language-rich activities that Early Head Start provides, such as reading, singing, and talking, are proven to lead to better life outcomes. The addition of Early Head Start in these rural Alabama counties is a big step forward. “
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Ethics Commission Inserts Itself in Superintendent Selection, As Do Others

August 9, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Selecting the next State Superintendent of the Department of Education is playing out with Machiavellian intrigue, as an ethics complaint filed against Dr. Craig Pouncey, a candidate for superintendent, emerged to cloud the proceedings.

Allegations made anonymously include falsifying authorship of his Doctoral Dissertation and a wide-range of conspiracies.

In a letter sent July 15, via email from Hugh Evans, III, General Counsel for the State Ethics Commission to the Alabama State Department of Education, Evans writes, “we have received a complaint alleging certain possible violations of the Ethics Law on the part of Warren Craig Pouncey.”
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New Pre-K Classrooms Announced

May 18, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, May 17, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) announced 155 new First Class Pre-K grants for the upcoming school year. This will bring the total number of high-quality, voluntary classrooms to more than 800 statewide. The new grants mean that more than 2,700 additional Alabama four-year-olds will be able to access the nationally recognized high-quality, voluntary, Pre-Kindergarten.

Gov. Bentley said, “Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten is a proven program that prepares students for success. Only 20 percent of Alabama’s four-year-olds are currently enrolled in the First Class program. Along with the support of legislative funding, we will continue to expand access to this program until every Alabama parent who wants their child to attend has access. I appreciate the staff at the Department of Early Childhood Education for working hard to help organizations receive grants.”
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