How to protect students becomes issue in lieutenant governor’s race

February 20, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh proposed her own plan to arm school personnel that differs from a plan to arm teachers being promoted by her opponent in the lieutenant governor’s race, State Representative Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville,.

“I find it shameful when people, on both sides of the aisle, play politics with tragedies,” Cavanaugh said.  “This is an exploitation tactic used almost exclusively by liberals, hotheads, and children. Yesterday there was a knee-jerk reaction to try to capture the headlines of every news story in Alabama for political gain. I believe we need strong, measured leadership that puts our children and teachers first- not political pandering.”

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Education Trust Fund Budget to be voted on in Committee today

February 7, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the Alabama House Ways and Means Education Committee held a public hearing on the Education Trust Fund fiscal year 2019 budget.

Committee Chairman Bill Poole, R-Tuscaloosa, said this is a very good budget. Education employees will receive a 2.5 percent pay increase across the board.

The trust fund budget will be roughly $6.7 billion in 2019. The committee will provide reporters with spreadsheets Wednesday morning.

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Opinion | Science class: The ark, some dinosaurs and the ruler of a galactic confederacy

January 22, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

An Alabama lawmaker wants school teachers to incorporate the lessons of Scientology into public school science courses.

That’s right, Rep. Steve Hurst, R-Munford, wants teachers to mix crazy religious theories alongside scientific theories and then let kids decide which one to choose. And if those kids choose to answer quizzes by saying that life on this planet was, in some part, created when Xenu, tyrant ruler of the Galactic Confederacy, came to earth 75 million years ago and brought billions of people with him on Douglas DC-8 airliners, only to then use hydrogen bombs to blow up volcanoes, causing thetans to stick to living people, Hurst thinks such teachings should be given the same weight as decades of scientific research and progress.

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This is what voting Republican has brought us

December 8, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Republicans in Alabama are confused.

In the race for U.S. Senate, the Republican Party’s candidate — the new face of the party who is receiving full support from the party coffers and an endorsement from the Republican president — is Roy Moore, a man with a suspect political history and who now faces credible allegations of child molestation.

That’s a bad choice.

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Democrats claim GOP Tax Plan would hurt Alabama workers, communities

November 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the Alabama Democratic Party released a statement critical of the recently released House GOP tax plan that passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier that day.

“House Republicans voted today to increase taxes on middle class families and provide massive giveaways to billionaires and wealthy corporations. While Senate Republicans debate their tax plan in committee, the latest edition calls for permanent tax breaks for the richest, paid for by cutting health care and other programs Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and education that working Alabama families rely on every day,” the Alabama Democratic Party wrote.

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Mary Scott Hunter warns that the American Dream is in crisis in Alabama

April 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Alabama School Board member Mary Scott Hunter (R) addressed the Alabama Federation of Young Republican who were at the State House for their Annual Legislative Day.

Mary Scott Hunter warned that for too many in Alabama “the American Dream is in Crisis.”

Hunter cited a number of statistics showing that home ownership, children in poverty, joblessness, etc. were worsening across the State and for many Alabamians achieving the American dream is becoming much more difficult.
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Local Schools are Making a Difference

November 7, 2016
Bradley Byrne

Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

There is something really fun and exciting about visiting with students in our local schools. From the elementary student who just wants you to read a book with them to the high school student looking for college advice, the visits are always special.

With the House out of session for the month of October, I had the pleasure to spend quality time in a number of our local schools. I visited Clarke County High School in Grove Hill to talk with students and learn more about their new workforce training center.
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State Employees Should Be A Budget Priority in 2017

October 7, 2016

By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

Imagine you went for nine years without a pay raise. Now imagine that, during those nine years, your boss made you start paying more for your health insurance and retirement plan. Now imagine that your boss laid-off about one out of every five of your coworkers, forcing you to do their jobs as well as your own.

For nearly 30,000 Alabamians, that situation is not something they have to imagine; it’s the reality of their lives.
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PEEHIP Board Raises Health Insurance Premiums on Education Employees

April 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 27, the PEEHIP (Public Education Employees Health Insurance Program) board voted 7 to 6 to increase the monthly health insurance premiums for education worker and retirees insured by the plan.

Beginning on October 1, 2016 single plans will see a $15 a month rate increase. Family plans will be increased by $30 each month. A vote to utilize up to 10 percent of the PEEHIP Trust to offset the rate hikes was defeated on a 7 to 6 vote.
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Senate Passes Teacher Pay Raise with Amendments

April 14, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 13, the Alabama Senate approved a cost of living adjustment for teachers and education employees when it passed HB21 sponsored by Rep. Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa).

The House bill was heavily amended in the Senate.

Senate Finance & Taxation Education Committee Chairman Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) amended the bill to include principals and assistant principals in the four percent raise. “They are the backbone of the schools,” Orr said. The bill that came from the House gave a four percent raise to all education employees making $75,000 or less. That would have included virtually all teachers since the pay scale for teachers had maxed out at $62,000. Employees making more than $75,000 were limited to two percent raises. Many principals are in this category. Orr’s amendment would give all principals and assistant principals the full four percent raise no matter what they earn now. Orr estimated that the cost of the principal raises would be $4 million.
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