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

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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

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Systematic Venality Renders State Government Suspect

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer ‘Present’ or ‘Not Guilty’.”

Corruption is a pervasive reality in all branches of our State government, and our lawmakers and media selectively look away far too often.

In the Executive Branch, Governor Robert Bentley is under investigation by both Federal

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Rep. Collins Should Read the Code

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By Larry Lee
Education Matters

Back in 2012 state representative Terri Collins of Decatur got legislation passed that requires all schools in the state to receive a letter grade of A through F. And after spending thousands of hours and thousands of dollars trying to come up with some decent way to measure all the complexities that make a school a school, this is supposed to get cranked off later this year.
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Republicans Change Vote on Massive Lube Oil Tax Increase

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, May 7, the Ways and Means Education Trust Fund Committee held a rare second committee meeting of the week to consider the controversial HB587, which exponentially increases the lube oil tax.  Lube oil is used by manufacturers, farming, the forestry industry, and construction to keep heavy equipment properly lubricated.

HB587 sponsored by Rep. Collins (R-Decatur) inexplicably imposes

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Storming the Statehouse: The Game of Quid Pro Quo

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Quid pro quo, Latin for “this for that,” is better understood as I give you something and you give me something. This “something for something” appears to be a key strategy used by the man who led the GOP takeover of the Alabama Statehouse in 2010.

By following the money trail from then-Chairman of the ALGOP Mike Hubbard to candidates running for office in 2010 a seemingly careful

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Legislature Passes School Grading and Performance Bonus Bill

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Measure could be impetus to major education reforms going forward

MONTGOMERY – A plan to bring unprecedented accountability to Alabama’s education system and provide cash incentives for schools to improve performance today received final passage in the Alabama Legislature.

House Bill 588, sponsored by Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur) was written to establish a simple, comprehensive and consistent system to grade school performance

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