Conservatives Rally Against Data Collection Bills

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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Franklin Graham Holds Rally in Montgomery

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, April 14, popular evangelist Franklin Graham was in Montgomery to urge the people of Alabama to pray for a spiritual renewal in this nation. A number of Alabama’s leaders attended the event at the state capital.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) said, “It is great to have Franklin Graham in Montgomery today. I enjoyed seeing so many Alabamians in Montgomery for the Franklin Graham Decision America prayer rally!”
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Senate Passes Education Budget

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 13, the Alabama Senate passed a $6.3 billion Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget for fiscal year 2017 (FY17).

Next year’s education budget includes: strategic increases for community colleges, student assessments, and scholarships for veterans. It also funds a four percent pay increase for teachers, support staff, principals, and most education employees. Education workers making over $75,000 per year who are not principals and assistant principals get just a two percent raise.
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Common Core Opponents Urge Senate Rules Committee to Debate Repeal Bill on Floor

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, April 29, the Senate Education Policy Committee narrowly gave a favorable report to Senate Bill 101 which would repeal Alabama’s controversial College and Career Ready Standard.  The controversial standards are aligned with Common Core and embrace unproven educational practices which critics claim are setting back a generation of our nation’s children.

The Alabama Foundation for Limited Government wrote in a statement, “THE ALABAMA STATE REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE last year voted 409-1 to ask the legislature to STOP COMMON CORE to no avail. The National Party voted to do the same. Your corrupt Alabama Legislative leadership will not allow State Senator Rusty Glover’s Anti -Common Core bill to come to the floor for debate. Corruption in Alabama all the way to the classroom. Money drives common core and the Business Council of Alabama, is trying to derail our efforts. So…. Go Away BCA. Let the Alabama Legislature, which your PAC mostly elected, listen to the people and Stop Common Core. BCA, your members, all the way to the local Chambers of Commerce, should be ashamed.”  BCA, the Business Council of Alabama, has embraced the College and Career Standards as a step forward in preparing students for the workforce.
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Common Core Debate Will Not Go Away

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama is a Republican State. Conservative grassroots activists have engaged in relentless political organizing to grow the Republican Party from the depths of political irrelevancy to supermajorities in both House of the Alabama Legislature in just one generation. Many of those same conservative activists are now lobbying the legislature to support repeal of the controversial Common Core education standards.

On Wednesday, April 8, the conservative base of the Republican Party, led by the Eagle Forum of Alabama, turned out in Montgomery to support repeal legislation sponsored by retired school teacher State Senator Rusty Glover (R-Semmes). Activists and parents squared off versus Common Core supporters….most of them paid education bureaucrats led by state school Superintendent Tommy Bice. Five years into this debate nothing Bice and his corporate supporters have said has swayed Common Core opponents to abandon this crusade. For two hours on Wednesday, the two sides faced off in a public hearing that only illustrated the complete philosophical disconnect between the two sides.
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