Category Archives: Politics/Legislative

Was Mike Sentance Robert Bentley’s Biggest Delusion?

“He ain’t right.” is something we’ve all heard–and probably said.  (And some have said it about me for sure.) While hard to define specifically, anyone who knows about pot likker, hoe cake and light bread knows exactly what it means.  And without doubt, it was how many citizens of Alabama felt about former Governor Robert… Read More

Mike Sentance Says Montgomery Plan “Evolving”

State Superintendent Mike Sentance faced a number of questions regarding the state intervention in Montgomery schools at the April 13 state board meeting. And his answers failed to calm the concerns of many board members, especially Stephanie Bell of Montgomery. Bell, a one time reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser, knows how to ask questions and… Read More

Ivey Brightens State Board Meeting

When Kay Ivey became governor earlier this week, she also became chair of the state board of education by virtue of her office.  This, plus the fact that she once taught school, was ample reason for her to attend the state board meeting on April 13. And though she was unable to stay very long,… Read More

Robert Bentley’s Luck Runs Out

Anyone who has been around politics as long as I have knows that it is often better to be lucky than good.  Try as we might, the fate of candidates is often determined by things they have no control over–does it rain on election day, did an unexpected runoff on the other party’s ticket hamper… Read More

How Does Bentley Spectacle Impact Education?

As I write this about noon on Monday, April 10, all of Alabama is trying to figure out when Robert Bentley becomes FORMER Governor Bentley.  At this moment the House of Representatives has begun impeachment hearings, the Ethics Commission has found ample evidence of wrong doing to turn their findings over to law enforcement and… Read More

Fund-Raising Tops $10,000

Three months ago (Nov. 8th to be exact) we told you about a group forming the Alabama Public School Defense Fund to take legal action concerning the very flawed process of choosing a state school superintendent last summer. And thanks to the work of Senators Gerald Dial and Quinton Ross, a legislative committee has held several hearings… Read More

DeVos Defense Short On Facts, Long On Fluff.

Thanks to a tweet from a staff member with the Business Council. of Alabama, I came across this article from the conservative blog RedState in defense of Betsy DeVos.  Given that this is the same BCA that testified last year for the infamous RAISE act, supported the recent “school rally” in Montgomery, supports charter schools and… Read More