From the Office of House Speaker Mike Hubbard
MONTGOMERY – House Speaker Mike Hubbard today reacted to the abject dysfunction in the Birmingham City School system saying it is a prime example of why the state needs more student-focused education reforms.
“What is happening with the Birmingham school system is simply appalling,” Speaker Hubbard said. “The conversation stopped being about what’s best for the students a long time ago, and that needs to change. I support Dr. Bice’s and Dr. Richardson’s efforts to deal with the financial debacle that is unfolding, and I stand ready to empower them legislatively with more tools to clean up the mess if necessary.
“However, we need to work proactively to prevent situations like this from happening in the first place. Alabama has taken major strides in improving our schools, but we still have too many policies that place the whims of the bureaucracy over the needs of students. I’m committed to working in the Legislature to change that so parents, not politicians, have more say over their children’s education.”