Author Archives: Larry Lee

Letters. Lots And Lots Of Letters

At the Feb. 9 work session of the State Board of Education, superintendent Mike Sentance caught every one by surprise by saying that he intended to cut funding for reading and science programs.  Board members I’ve spoken with say they had no idea this was in the works.  Since news spreads quickly these days, it didn’t… Read More

Two Views Of School “Choice”

The latest edition of the Alabama Political Reporter has two very interesting articles about school “choice.”  One is by columnist Josh Moon and the other by Senator Del Marsh.  They take quite different approaches to the issue and you can see both articles at the links just provided. Let’s take a look at some of… Read More

The Right Hand Does Not Know What The Left Hand Is Doing

To put it bluntly, all hell broke loose when science teachers recently learned that Governor Bentley’s education budget recommendation to the legislature cut all funding for a much-used program known as Science In Motion. This program is especially beneficial to many rural systems where funding is always short and the purchase of expensive lab equipment… Read More

Live From Jackson, AL It’s Saturday Night

Nearly 300 people were squeezed into the H. W. Pearce Memorial Park Assembly House on Saturday night for the 11th annual fund-raising dinner and auction to benefit the Regional Child Advocacy Center.  For those who may be geographically challenged, Jackson and its 5,200 citizens are at the southern tip of Clarke County not many miles… Read More

National Scholar Calls Alabama Report On Accountability Act “Fairy Dust”

Just to prove they understand “alternative facts,” the Alabama Federation for Children has sent out a news release and a study proclaiming that the Alabama Accountability Act is saving state taxpayers millions of dollars.  You can see it here Basically the report, done by Auburn University Montgomery, contends that every time we divert money from… Read More

Senator Dial Wants State Superintendent To Be As Qualified As A Local Superintendent

While it sounds unbelievable, Alabama law requires a local school superintendent be more qualified than the state superintendent.  No kidding. Here is Alabama code section 16-4-1 pertaining to state superintendent qualifications. As the chief executive officer of the State Department of Education there shall be a State Superintendent of Education, who shall be appointed by the State Board… Read More

How Much Do Teachers Get Paid

Using the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, GOBankingRates compiled average teacher salaries by state (not Washington, D.C.).  See the list here: It is hardly a surprise that teachers are among the lowest paid professionals in the nation. Best paid are teachers in Alaska with an average salary of $77,843.  On the other… Read More

Who Are We To Believe?

A tip of the hat to Decatur Daily reporter Mary Sell for keeping her ear to the ground and discovering that state school superintendent Mike Sentance is moving ahead with a consulting contract for $536,000 to a company in Massachusetts. See her article here.  This is how she begins. The Alabama State Department of Education… Read More