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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Robert McKay runs as a Republican in House District 30

November 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, former Ashville Mayor Robert McKay announced that he was running as a Republican for state representative in state House District 30.

“I would like to announce that I will be seeking the office of Alabama House District 30 in 2018,” McKay said in a statement. “The seat is being vacated by Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City, who won the Primary against me in 2014.”

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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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It’s time to pick a side, America

August 29, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Outside of Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery on Monday evening, a man who said he was a former history teacher and coach, shouted.

A lot.

His shouts were directed at another man who had come to the school to protest a statue of Lee, which stands out front.

“That statue ain’t hurting nobody!” the man said.

And in the most literal sense that’s true. The statue’s mere presence isn’t harming a soul.

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Stacy George has a plan to turn Alabama around

June 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, June 24, 2017, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) spoke at length with Republican candidate for Governor, Stacy George. George is a former Morgan County Commissioner, a 2014 GOP Gubernatorial candidate, and works for the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC).

APR: There is a possibility that the Congress may pass some part of President Donald J Trump’s infrastructure plan, but ALDOT claims not to have any ability to come up with matching dollars for Alabama to participate. What is your plan to increase funding for road repairs or will road improvement efforts simply have to be postponed?
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An answer to API

June 12, 2017

Education Matters
Larry Lee

According to its website, The Alabama Policy Institute “is a non-profit, non-partisan research and education organization dedicated to influencing public policy…We do this by providing fact-based, objective analysis of key issues.”

However, when you dissect the following op-ed written by Taylor Dawson about the recent defeat of an amendment to the Alabama Accountability Act, it is hard to figure out where the facts are:

“Parents with children trapped in failing schools did not have a real school-choice option in Alabama prior to 2013. With the passage of the Alabama Accountability Act (AAA), families zoned for Alabama’s worst-performing schools finally had better opportunities through scholarships and tax credits.”
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Terminally Ill Children’s Bill gets favorable report

May 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the Alabama Senate Health Committee gave a favorable report to a bill, House Bill 373, which gives legally binding authority to a child’s advanced directive when not in the hospital.

HB373 is sponsored by State Representative April Weaver (R-Alabaster) who chairs the House Health Committee. Weaver said that the bill requires that a terminally ill child’s advance directives be honored.
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Democrats announce 2017 Legislative Agenda

March 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama House Democrats are badly outnumbered in the State House of Representatives; but that does not mean that they don’t have ideas they want to push forward. The group announced their 2017 agenda on a Thursday, March 9, 2017 press conference in the State House.

New House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels (D-Huntsville) “All Alabama families want is a fair shot and level playing field – and, they deserve that. This is why we are focused on major investments in education, infrastructure, innovation and the Alabama worker.”
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House approves warrantless trespass bill for schools

March 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 2, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives voted in favor of House Bill 71 authorizing school principals and college administrators to call Law Enforcement to have people arrested for refusing an order by a school administrator to leave a school campus. HB71 was sponsored by State Representative Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa). This is the third year in a row that Representative Poole has carried this piece of legislation.
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Conservatives Rally Against Data Collection Bills

February 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

The legislature has returned for another session and some GOP legislators are once again pushing a longitudinal data collection scheme. Once again the primary opponents of this grand scheme are fellow Republicans. On Thursday, February 23 Alabama Eagle Forum led a conservative rally in opposition to the longitudinal data bills, House Bill 97 and Senate Bill 153.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) read a statement from his wife, state school board member Jackie Zeigler (R) vowing to oppose the data collection.
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