Author Archives: Larry Lee

Announcement: I Will Not Run For U.S. Senate

As we know, Alabama will hold a special election this year to fill the vacancy left when Senator Jeff Sessions was picked by President Trump as his Attorney General. When such happens, the governor has the authority to pick a successor.  So Governor Robert Bentley, you remember him don’t you, interviewed a long list of… Read More

The Great Disconnect

Yesterday I spent nearly two hours at Progress Rail in Albertville as they celebrated their second year of a mentoring program for third, fourth and fifth graders in Marshall County schools.  It was a fun time.  Most of the fun came from just watching the smiles on the faces of these youngsters as they shared thoughts… Read More

Trump/DeVos Push Charters And Vouchers

It is hardly a surprise the President Trump’s first education budget is charter/voucher friendly, while wanting the single largest one-year cut in eduation spending (13.5 percent) since President Reagan tried to whack 35.7 percent in 1983. Education Week does a good job of detailing the Trump proposal in this artcle. Highlights include: “President Donald Trump’s… Read More

Contract Stench Gets Stronger

We have written several times about a contract for $536,000 awarded earlier this year to Class Measures, a consulting firm in Massachusetts. See here and here. Frankly, this has been a very hard-to-believe tale from day one when an RFP went out requesting that the consultant would be someone familiar with an assessment program used… Read More

Montgomery School Board Fed Up With Sentance And His Intervention Plan

There was little attempt by members of the Montgomery County school board to hide their frustration with state superintendent Mike Sentance and his so-called intervention plan at their May 16 meeting. As reported by WSFA TV in Montgomery, board members don’t feel that the state is honoring commitments it made when they decided to intervene four… Read More

Does The Right Hand Know What The Left Is Doing?

Once again state superintendent Mike Sentance and his crew at the Alabama Department of Education (ALSDE) have put their ineptness on public display.  This time they can’t get their stories straight about what is going on with the Selma City school system. The state intervened in Selma in February 2014 and superintendent Tommy Bice dispatched… Read More

Rural School Puts It All In Perspective

I have told you about my involvement with the national Rural Schools Collaborative and their small grant program for rural schools.  Last year we funded nine projects in Alabama and I have now visited seven of them.. (Have 56 applications from Alabama this year, but unfortunately only a handful will be funded due to lack of money.  Grants… Read More