Did The Tea Party Get Beat At Their Own Game?

August 16, 2016

Education Matters
By Larry Lee

My friends involved with Tea Party politics in Alabama decidedly favored either Michael Sentance of Massachusetts or Bill Evers of California as the next school superintendent. The reason? They said both were against Common Core standards.

Sentance was selected.

On Aug. 10 board member Matt Brown sent an email across the state saying he had heard a rumor that Tea Party supported state board members were going to support Craig Pouncey. He was directly pointing his finger at board members Betty Peters and Stephanie Bell and not so subtly encouraging people to put pressure on them. Bell and Peters were two of Sentance’s five votes Aug. 11. (Along with Brown, Mary Scott Hunter and Governor Bentley.)
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Where is the Supreme Court of Alabama?

October 2, 2015

By Eunie Smith
President, Eagle Forum of Alabama

Dr. John H. Killian, Sr.
Former President of the Alabama Baptist State Convention

It has been three months since the Supreme Court of the United States rocked the nation with their landmark opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, which purported to redefine marriage to include two adults of the same-sex and force that redefinition on “320 million Americans” as Justice Antonin Scalia disparaged in his dissent.
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Common Core Debate Will Not Go Away

April 10, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama is a Republican State. Conservative grassroots activists have engaged in relentless political organizing to grow the Republican Party from the depths of political irrelevancy to supermajorities in both House of the Alabama Legislature in just one generation. Many of those same conservative activists are now lobbying the legislature to support repeal of the controversial Common Core education standards.

On Wednesday, April 8, the conservative base of the Republican Party, led by the Eagle Forum of Alabama, turned out in Montgomery to support repeal legislation sponsored by retired school teacher State Senator Rusty Glover (R-Semmes). Activists and parents squared off versus Common Core supporters….most of them paid education bureaucrats led by state school Superintendent Tommy Bice. Five years into this debate nothing Bice and his corporate supporters have said has swayed Common Core opponents to abandon this crusade. For two hours on Wednesday, the two sides faced off in a public hearing that only illustrated the complete philosophical disconnect between the two sides.
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Common Core Standards Lower the Bar; Legislature Should Reject Them

February 27, 2014

By Eunie Smith
President of Eagle Forum of Alabama

Unfortunately, Business Council of Alabama CEO William Canary’s opinion piece saying that the common core standards will be helpful to Alabama students cannot be substantiated.  In Alabama, the Math standards have only been used for one full year, and the English standards are still in their first year of implementation.  To the contrary, consider the following statement from Brookings Institution: “The empirical evidence suggests that the Common Core will have little effect on American students’ achievement. The nation will have to look elsewhere for ways to improve its schools.”
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