The Baldwin County school board said, “enough is enough” and passed a resolution on Oct. 18 calling for the repeal of the Alabama Accountability Act.
This move was spearheaded by board member David Tarwater. After the vote, Tarwater thanked other board members and said that, “I took this personally.” He explained that when the law was passed in 2013 his son was a teacher at a Mobile County public school that had more than 90 percent poverty rate. He had first hand knowledge of how hard his son and others at the school worked and how much they invested in their students.
“Yet, under this law the school was labeled as “failing” and devastated everyone who worked there. There is simply no reason to treat educators this way,” Tarwater added.
While the resolution makes a number of key points, two that stand out are:
“WHEREAS, AAA has now accumulated five years of historical data establishing that it has not served its intendd purpose, and instead has caused harm to the financial well-being and academic progress of public schools systems in Alabama
WHEREAS, the Baldwin County Public School System is the most rapidly growing school system in Alabama, and like other public school systems in the state is not adequately funded.”
The system has had an annual growth rate of 507 students per year for the last 15 years.
From all indications, other school boards will follow Baldwin’s lead with resolutions of their own. In light of the fact that this legislation was passed in 2013 with ZERO input from educators, it is fitting that educators are now speaking their mind.