Bill allowing county school superintendents to take second jobs passes House

February 21, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow county school superintendents to take second or third jobs. It also removes that $600 cap on a county superintendent’s travel expenses.

House Bill 31 is sponsored by state Rep. Danny Crawford, R-Athens.

Crawford said that, “Current law limits travel expenses to $600 for a county education superintendent. This limit was set in 1947.

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GOP’s Dawson says lottery plans prey on those who can least afford it

February 20, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Democratic candidate for governor Walter “Walt” Maddox released his plan for an education lottery Monday following a lottery plan released by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Bell Cobb released last week.

That afternoon Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson released a statement denouncing the Democrat lottery proposal as an effort to keep Alabama in the past, prey on those who can least afford it, and bank the future of our kids on a game of chance.

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House passes 2.5 percent pay raise for education employees

February 14, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama House of Representatives voted to pass a 2.5 percent across-the-board pay raise for all current education employees.

The bill, House Bill 174, was sponsored by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Poole, R-Tuscaloosa.

Everyone supported the bill to give the teachers and state employees a pay raise but some legislators felt that the raise should have bigger and that the Legislature should try to fund a way to get a bonus check for the state’s education retirees.

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Gubernatorial candidates attend Vestavia Hills forum

February 13, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, February 10, 2018, the Mid Alabama Republican Club held the first Republican primary gubernatorial forum at their regular meeting in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

“This is what Alabama is about,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said. “We believe in starting meeting with prayer, with the pledge.  We have the fifth largest National Guard in the country.”

Battle said that he moved to Huntsville in 1980, and then started his first restaurant.

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Lawmakers request ALSDE give back $1.4 million to MPS after clerical error

February 9, 2018

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

State Reps. John Knight, D-Montgomery, and Thad McClammy, D-Montgomery, called on the Alabama State Department of Education to return $1.4 million that was mistakenly sent to another school district in a letter and press conference on Thursday.

Their complaint stems from a clerical error by the Alabama State Department of Education that sent $1.4 million to the Pike Road Schools instead of the Montgomery Pubic School System. The money, which was supposed to be returned in October, never manifested from the Pike Road Schools

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Education Trust Fund Budget to be voted on in Committee today

February 7, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the Alabama House Ways and Means Education Committee held a public hearing on the Education Trust Fund fiscal year 2019 budget.

Committee Chairman Bill Poole, R-Tuscaloosa, said this is a very good budget. Education employees will receive a 2.5 percent pay increase across the board.

The trust fund budget will be roughly $6.7 billion in 2019. The committee will provide reporters with spreadsheets Wednesday morning.

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Ivey announces new education policies, asks for new categories in state report card

February 5, 2018

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Following a report card that left Alabama with a C in education, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced a slew of new policies as a part of her “Strong Start, Strong Finish” education initiative.

Ivey announced the policies on Friday during a speech at a Public Affairs Research Council meeting in Birmingham. The governor released details through her press office late that day.

One of the governor’s strategy, titled “Alabama Grade-Level Reading Campaign,” relies on raising the reading proficiency of third-graders to 100 percent by 2022. This means that all third-graders will be able to read on a third-grade or higher level.

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St. Clair County residents go to polls Tuesday to vote on tax increases

January 30, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Residents of St. Clair County vote today on a large property tax increase to benefit the school systems in the county. St. Clair County is served by the Trussville City School System, the St. Clair County School System, the Pell City School System, and the Leeds City School System.

The tax increase is very controversial in this overwhelmingly Republican County.  Republicans typically want to see lower taxes and smaller government; but school systems always want more money for more teachers, more buildings, more programs, etc.

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St. Clair voters vote on whether to raise taxes on Tuesday

January 29, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, St. Clair County voters go to the poll to decide whether or not to raise property taxes.  The large tax increase is to support the schools in St. Clair County.

St. Clair County School System Board Attorney John Rhea said in a statement that the board asked him to explain the vote to make sure that the voters of St. Clair County can make an informed decision. There will be two measures on the ballot: first a proposed county wide 5 mill tax increase.  If you support that then vote “yes.”  If you oppose it vote “no”.  50 percent of the voters plus one will decide that.  There is also a 3 mill district tax on the ballot.

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Alabama leaders react to Toyota-Mazda announcement

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Mazda and Toyota announced Wednesday that they had selected the TVA mega site in Limestone County for their newest manufacturing plant.  The $1.6 billion joint venture in the city limits of Huntsville will employ up to 4,000 workers.  A number of Alabama elected leaders reacted to the good economic development news.

“Toyota and Mazda’s decision to locate in Limestone County is great news for Alabama and the Tennessee Valley! I’m thankful Alabama was selected despite fierce competition from other states vying for this plant,” said U.S. Representative Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville. “Toyota and Mazda’s decision validates what many of us in Alabama already know. Alabama is not only America’s #1 football state, we are also on a path to be America’s #1 automotive production state. That is a strong testament to the quality of the location, resources, people and government leadership that Alabama offers.”

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