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The Thrill Of Growing Old

OK.  About mid-morning today my old flip phone rings and I have a nice conversation with an old friend.  Then comes lunch time and I’m ready to go find a restaurant and, of course, will take my phone with me. But only if I can find the dadgummed thing. I spend 30-45 minutes looking in… Read More

In Memory Of July 2

My favorite July memory will never be about the 4th when fireworks quickly burst against the night sky and trickle to earth like so many colored raindrops.  No.  It will always be about a July Sunday afternoon and evening that began in Alabama and ended in Mississippi 11 years ago today. I’ve written about it… Read More

Retired Educator Writes Governor Ivey

Rafael McDaniel retired recently after a 49-year career in public education.  Like countless educators across the state, he is sickened by the on-going debacle at the state department of education under the “leadership” of state superintendent Mike Sentance. So he sent a letter to Governor Ivey expressing his concerns.  With his permission, here is what… Read More

In Honor Of Father’s Day

As regular readers know, most of what I put on this blog deals with public education.  While the following tale actually had its roots in a fashion with education, it quickly strays and becomes one of those stories that sticks with us for a lifetime and from time to time will always provide a good laugh. … Read More

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

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

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

Happy Mother’s Day

Fifty one Mother’s Days ago I bumped across Birmingham in a VW with a pregnant wife about sunrise.  And 45 minutes after getting to Saint Vincent’s Hospital, Kimberly Lauren Lee entered this world.  A few days later she came home to join her two-year old brother, Kevin Bradley Lee. So Mother’s Day always has something of… Read More

Live (Well Almost) From Courtroom 4A Of Montgomery County Courthouse

I have just left the Montgomery courthouse where Judge Roman Shaul heard the defense motions for dismissal in the Craig Pouncey law suit against former interim state superintendent Phillip Cleveland, state board member Mary Scott Hunter, and state department legal counsel Juliana Dean and two of her associates. While there was a lot of legal talk tossed… Read More