Replacing ACT Aspire with the actual ACT is as dumb as it gets

July 20, 2017

By Rep. Craig Ford

Last week, our State Superintendent of Education announced a decision that is so spectacularly stupid you almost have to assume the intention is to hurt our schools.

That decision is to replace the ACT preparation exam, called the ACT Aspire, with the actual ACT as a measure of school accountability.

Think about that for a second. Replacing the preparation exam with the actual exam is like sending a minor league baseball player who has a low batting average up to the major league and expecting him to start knocking balls out of the park.
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Cigarette Tax Is Defeated in Committee

August 5, 2015


By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 4, the House Ways & Means General Fund Committee rejected a measure to raise the cigarette tax by 25 cents a pack in a narrow 8 to 7 vote. Tobacco taxes were a key lynch-pin in both Governor Robert Bentley (R) and Chairman Steve Clouse’s (R-Ozark) plans to address shortfalls in the State’s troubled General Fund.

Fiscal conservatives are opposed to any tax increase.
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