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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Alabama’s public schools do not “suck”

December 1, 2016

By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

Gov. Bentley made headlines a few weeks ago when he told an audience at a public forum that our public school system “sucks.”

But Gov. Bentley is wrong about our public school system.

Alabama’s high school graduation rate rose 18 percent between 2011 and 2015. Today, 89.3 percent of students graduate high school in Alabama: the third highest graduation rate in the country!

Our increase in the number of graduating students who take an AP exam in high school also outpaces the national rate, and our statewide math proficiency on the ACT Aspire test is up across all grades.
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Diplomas of Duplicity

March 15, 2016

By Andrew A. Yerbey

Two weeks ago, Tommy Bice announced his plans to step down as Alabama’s superintendent of education. Reflecting on his tenure, Bice singled out one accomplishment with especial pride: the nearly 90 perfect graduation rate of public school students in Alabama. This is not, however, an accomplishment that should be celebrated: it will go down as the most pernicious failure of the Bice superintendency. When the high school diploma has been as devalued as it has, its benefits–economic and otherwise–become a false promise.
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Don’t Slow Our Momentum

February 25, 2014

By Kyle Kallhoff
Superintendent, Chickasaw City School System

When the city fathers of Chickasaw decided to form their own school system they knew it would be a struggle.  But they had no idea that the Alabama legislature would be one of their chief roadblocks.

We are in our second year of existence with 880 students, 92 percent are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Our students thank us daily for the work we do and the barriers we break to prepare them to be successful adults. This includes teaching the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards, which will better prepare them to be marketable when entering careers or colleges.
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