Franklin County school security bill may be used as template to arm teachers statewide

February 22, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, D-Red Bay, announced that he has scheduled a press conference for Friday in Russellville, Alabama, to discuss his school security plan.

“Former Senator Roger Bedford and I passed HB404, a local bill for Franklin County during the 2013 Regular Session. HB404 was enacted into law and became Act No. 2013-268 over Governor Bentley ‘s veto.” Morrow said. “This legislation immediately followed the Sandy Hook tragedy where 20 innocent six and seven-year old children were murdered while attending their public school in Newtown, Connecticut. Six adult staff members were also murdered.”

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Opinion | Educators, retirees deserve a pay raise

February 9, 2018

By Rep. Craig Ford

Eleven years is a long time to go without a pay raise. But for educators, state employees and retirees in Alabama, that’s how long it has been. And for retirees and many state employees, they have actually had their pay cut during those eleven years.

You may be thinking that educators, state employees and retirees had received raises in recent years. But that isn’t exactly true.

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Required Reading – Education Matters

September 1, 2016

By Larry Lee

The old car headed south out of Montgomery on a familiar route down I-65. Thirty minutes to Ft. Deposit, 45 minutes to Greenville, 60 minutes to Georgiana, 75 minutes to Evergreen. Then right on U.S. 84, which begins on the Georgia coast and ends in west Texas.

Through Belleville and Repton. By the turn for Excel, through Ollie, Perdue Hill and Whatley and to the parking lot of a small restaurant in Grove Hill to have lunch with David Mathews and his wife Mary.
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Online Petition Demands Stop to Non-Educator Hiring

August 15, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A growing number of individuals are banding together to stop the hiring of a non-educator, who has been chosen to lead Alabama schools.

The online petition is a reaction to the August 11 decision, made by the Alabama Board of Education, to hire Michael Sentance, a former Massachusetts bureaucrat-turned education consultant, to head the Alabama Department of Education. According to the online petition, the Board’s action, “was a hard slap in the face to every educator and concerned public school parent in the State.”
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Senate Passes Education Budget

April 14, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 13, the Alabama Senate passed a $6.3 billion Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget for fiscal year 2017 (FY17).

Next year’s education budget includes: strategic increases for community colleges, student assessments, and scholarships for veterans. It also funds a four percent pay increase for teachers, support staff, principals, and most education employees. Education workers making over $75,000 per year who are not principals and assistant principals get just a two percent raise.
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Educators Deserve A Raise, But The Proposed Merit Pay Bill Has Serious Flaws

January 22, 2016

By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

When the state Legislature returns to Montgomery in two weeks, one of the top issues will be a cost-of-living pay raise for educators. Both parties agree that the money is there, and now is the time. But there are some major differences between what both party’s are proposing.

House Democrats will propose a 5 percent pay raise for all teachers, support personnel and retirees. The bill some Republicans are working on is much different. It would not only fundamentally change how teachers are paid, but would also create an expensive and intrusive new bureaucracy.
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