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Response from House Minority Leader Craig Ford On School Flexibility Bill


By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

“The school flexibility bill would allow school systems to opt out of having adequate insurance for their buildings if a tornado hits, and to opt out of liability insurance for school buses. This bill allows school systems to hire teachers who have no training or certification. They wouldn’t even have to have a college degree!

Under this bill, school systems could also opt out of providing career technical education, and could opt out of requiring students receive at least six hours of instruction time each day.

Today is Valentine’s Day, and the Republicans in Montgomery have shown they have no love for our schools, educators, or students. This bill is nothing more than a backdoor approach to putting charter schools in Alabama.”

Representative Craig Ford is a Democrat from Gadsden.  He has served in the Alabama House of Representatives since 2000.  In 2010, Representative Ford was elected House Minority Leader by the House Democratic Caucus. He was re-elected Minority Leader in 2012.

Craig Ford is the owner of Ford Insurance and the Gadsden Messenger. He represented Etowah County in the Alabama House of Representatives for 18 years.

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