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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Energy in Alabama

December 4, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S Rep. Bradley Byrne

In Alabama, we have a lot to be proud of. From our best-in-the-nation Pre-K programs to our championship caliber football teams to our booming economy, there is no shortage of things for our residents to take pride in.

One thing we often forget is our outstanding natural resources. From our forests to our waters, Alabama is blessed with an abundance of natural resources that provide a diverse base from which we can produce energy. It is very easy to take for granted our easy access to and the reliability of energy in Alabama.

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State Superintendent Michael Sentance Resigns

September 13, 2017
Alabama Superintendent Michael Sentance

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

When the Alabama School Board chose Massachusetts Attorney Michael Sentance to be the Superintendent of Alabama’s school systems it was a controversial choice. That controversy only deepened when it was later learned that a certain member of the school board may have misled the public and the rest of the board about an ethics investigation into fellow candidate, Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Craig Pouncey. The controversy around Sentance’s hiring, the controversial of Montgomery Schools, and a series of lapses in judgement and protocol finally led Sentance to resign today, Sept. 13, 2017.
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State expands Pre-K by 122 classrooms for 2017-2018 school year

June 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education today announced that the State’s First Class Pre-K program will add 122 new classrooms this fall. The new classrooms will increase the size of Alabama’s high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten program for the 2017-2018 school year to 938 classrooms enrolling approximately 16,884 four-year-olds (28 percent of all four-year-olds) statewide.
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Alabama House passes Education Budget

May 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, March 3, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a massive $6.417 billion Education Trust Fund Budget. The 72 page bill was sponsored by State Senator Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) and was carried in the House by Ways & Means Education Chairman Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa).

State Representative John Knight (D-Montgomery) said, “The main purpose of being a legislator is to pass our budgets. We are not going to have a filibuster of the education budget.”
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Ethics Commission Inserts Itself in Superintendent Selection, As Do Others

August 9, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Selecting the next State Superintendent of the Department of Education is playing out with Machiavellian intrigue, as an ethics complaint filed against Dr. Craig Pouncey, a candidate for superintendent, emerged to cloud the proceedings.

Allegations made anonymously include falsifying authorship of his Doctoral Dissertation and a wide-range of conspiracies.

In a letter sent July 15, via email from Hugh Evans, III, General Counsel for the State Ethics Commission to the Alabama State Department of Education, Evans writes, “we have received a complaint alleging certain possible violations of the Ethics Law on the part of Warren Craig Pouncey.”
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Bentley, Canary, Riley Plan to Control Education’s Future

July 5, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In June, Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur) emailed members of the State Board of Education to encourage them to keep interim Superintendent Philip Cleveland, “a few more months to work on efficiency and effectiveness of the department and the programs.” But what Collins calls “efficiency and effectiveness of the department and the programs,” is part of a larger, darker plan to wrestle control of public education away from the State’s elected Board.
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Alabama Pre-K Program is Ranked As the Best in Nation

May 17, 2016

By Brandon Moseley

Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, May 12 the National Institute for Early Education Research named Alabama’s First Class Pre-K the nation’s highest quality pre-kindergarten program. This is the tenth consecutive year that Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program has earned this distinction. Alabama is one of only two states in the country to meet all 10 quality benchmarks as established by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER).
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Sine Die! – “with all deliberate speed”

May 13, 2016

By Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey

When I struck the gavel for the Senate to adjourn Sine Die at midnight on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, the Senate completed its 30th and final legislative day of the 2016 Regular Session. Sine Die is a Latin phrase meaning “without day” that is, without designating the next day the legislature will meet; it is the final adjournment of a legislative session.

On the last day of the Session, my day began at 8:30 a.m. when I participated in a Legislative Council meeting.  Nearly 16 hours later, “with all deliberate speed,” the Legislature had completed its statutory requirement to meet 30 legislative days during 105 calendar days.
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Legislature Approves Expanding State’s Pre-K Program

April 22, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, April 21, the Alabama Legislature approved the record $6.3 billion Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget and pay raise for education employees for the 2017 fiscal year. Expanding the State’s Pre-K program for four year olds was one of the top items on the education budget agenda and has unanimous support in the legislature.

The Alabama House of Representatives voted to non-concur with the 2017 ETF budget that came out of the Senate so a conference committee was appointed to deal with differences in the House and Senate passed ETF versions. On Thursday both Houses voted to pass the version that came out of the conference committee. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) is expected to sign the budget and the pay raise.
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