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Ivey discusses priorities with Montgomery Kiwanians

Ivey emphasized closing the gap between Alabama’s graduation rate and its college and career ready rate.

Gov. Kay Ivey makes remarks to the Montgomery Kiwanis Club on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. Governor’s Office/Hal Yeager

Gov. Kay Ivey stopped by the Montgomery Kiwanis Club Tuesday to share some of her priorities for the state moving forward should she be reelected in November.

Ivey emphasized the Alabama Board of Education’s recent vote to move forward to require graduating students to complete at least one college and career ready credit.

In the classes of 2020 and 2021, Ivey noted that 92 precent of students graduated but only 76 percent completed a college and career ready credit, a 16-percentage point gap.

The board opened a 45-day comment period on the new requirement and could take a vote to being implementation as early as November. 

“We’ve got to prepare our students and workers for the jobs of tomorrow,” Ivey said. “Here in Alabama, we are laser focused on the curriculum — reading, writing, math, science and so on. We’re taking concrete steps to ensure efficiency in both literacy and numeracy.”

Ivey highlighted her trip to Dalraida Elementary last month, witnessing their STEM program firsthand, which Ivey told Kiwanians she was very impressed with.

“I don’t know about y’all in fourth grade, but I certainly wasn’t building robots in fourth grade,” Ivey said. Ivey said the Montgomery school is an example for the state.

Ivey also emphasized supporting the state’s military operations and committed to looking for ways to improve public safety. 

The governor also highlighted $32 billion invested in the state during her time as governor, creating around 65,000 jobs.

Ivey will stop in Prattville today to address public retirees and will head to Birmingham on Thursday for the Drive Electric Alabama EV Summit. 

Jacob Holmes is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at jholmes@alreporter.com

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