Adam Bourne is one of five candidates running for the State Board of Education in District 1 against incumbent Matthew Brown. This district includes a large portion of Mobile County, and all of Baldwin, Escambia, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw and Butler counties. (Full disclosure, I have contributed to Adam’s campaign because he is willing to speak out against efforts in Montgomery to cripple public education, instead of defending them.)
There is now a 51-page bill making its rounds in Montgomery that sources say the super majority leadership plans to introduce in the next legislative session that begins in February. I have yet to talk to an educator who isn’t very concerned about it. It has been described as “a monster” and “horrible.”
To my knowledge, Adam is the first candidate to call attention to this legislation and to raise concerns. Here is a media advisory I got from him today (Dec. 21).
MEDIA ADVISORY – Adam Bourne for State Board of Education, District 1
Please see the attached draft of Sen. Marsh’s performance pay bill.
“I am deeply concerned about the ‘RAISE Act of 2016,’ said Adam Bourne, a Chickasaw city councilman and candidate for State Board of Education, District 1.
“This bill would create an entirely new bureaucracy, diverting resources from the classroom,” said Bourne.
“The bill would also take data collection from our state’s children to the extreme, permanently labeling children too early in life,” Bourne further explained.
”A certain amount of testing is needed for accountability, but this bill would take testing to an unhealthy level,” said Bourne.
“If the legislature pursues this bill, it needs to include performance pay for legislators, where legislators don’t get paid unless the state education system as a whole meets certain benchmarks.
For further comment, please contact Adam Bourne at 251-654-8951 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.