State kicks off A-F school report cards, tells us what we already know

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

After more than four years of endless meetings and countless discussions about how someone can label a school with one grade to encompass its value, we have now made a first step in rolling out legislation passed in 2012.

One has to tip their hat to representative Terri Collins of Decatur for her tenacity in making sure this legislation became reality. She has been the moving force behind it from the outset. But has she helped education? That is an entirely different matter, since A-F has been debunked time after time. Read More

Bentley Receives Failing Grade On Fiscal Conservatism From CATO Institute

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—-The Governor’s performance as a fiscal conservative has been graded, and he is taking home a report card with a big fat F.

The right-wing libertarian CATO Institute gave Alabama Governor Robert Bentley an F on his fiscal policy report card for 2016.

CATO ranks every governor in the United States on fiscal policy every other year, giving A’s and B’s to governor’s they deem fiscally conservative and failing grades to governors whom they don’t.
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Center For Education Reform Ranks Alabama Schools 47th on Its Parent Power Index

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, September 30, the Center for Education Reform (CER) released its Fifth edition of its Parent Power Index (PPI).  Alabama was ranked number 47 by the group that advocates for parental choices in education and other education reforms.

According to CER, just six states earned rankings above 80 percent when it comes to giving parents fundamental power over their child’s education in this edition of their PPI release.
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Alabama Gets Failing Grade on Education Report Card

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama State School Board recently gave State Superintendent Tommy Bice a massive $52,000 raise for the stellar that work he has been doing running the State’s schools.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a much different opinion of Alabama schools. On Monday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce gave the State’s public schools a failing grade of F. Alabama’s struggling public schools system joined nine other states in receiving the failing grade of F.
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