We told you that the Montgomery school board passed a resolution last week calling on local legislators to repeal the Alabama Accountability Act. This came after Baldwin County did the same the week before that.
Now the Montgomery Advertiser has written an article about what the local board did. You can read it here. Reporter Krista Johnson did a good job of looking at this issue from several angles. She even contacted Del Marsh, the pro tem of the senate, and the sponsor of the AAA back in 2013.
Predictably, he blew off the resolution. In fact, Marsh said that he “could care less about that board.” Meaning of course the Montgomery board. Why am I not surprised?
But as a member of the Montgomery board, I could care less about what the good senator thinks of us. As he well knows, all politics is local which is why we directed that our resolution be given to the two Senators and five House members that represent Montgomery. I don’t think they will ignore what their local school board says.
Speaking of Senator Marsh, since the general election is Nov 6, seems he would be best served at this point in time to concentrate on his own effort to be elected for his sixth term in the Senate. After all, even though he spent $444,574 through last June to win his primary, he only defeated his Republican opponent by 852 votes. And this was an opponent who only spent $7,474.
Marsh also has an opponent on Nov. 6. Which is why he has spent another $367,078 since the first of July. His opponent is Democrat Jim Williams, who like Marsh’s primary challenger, Wayne Willis, will be badly outspent. (Through Oct 26, Williams had spent $36,884) However, it is interesting to note that while Williams has gotten contributions from more than 160 individuals, Marsh only shows 13 individual contributors this entire year. Like most longtime entrenched politicians, he depends on political action committees and major contributions like those from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians who have given him $30,000 this year.
Marsh also told the Advertiser that he would like to raise the $30 million cap on donations to scholarship granting organizations. But before he tries this, he might think back to the 2017 regular session when he wanted to amend AAA and failed miserably on the final day. As a result, just to show how much he really cares about Alabama students in public schools, he single-handedly killed a supplemental appropriation of $41 million after he lost his amendment try.
Del Marsh is a shrewd politician, never doubt that. But before he says too much about what the Montgomery school board does, he would be wise to remember that of the 22 votes the accountability act got in 2013, 13 of them will not be in the Senate come 2019.