Any good All-American deep-fried “educrat” loves a good study. About 150 pages on nice, shiny, slick paper, maybe with some charts and graphs tossed in. Something that will look good when you hand them out at a press conference. And that will still look pristine a couple years later when a secretary stumbles on a box of them in the back of a closet in some government office.
In fact, we like them so much that here in Alabama we’re about to spend up to $750,000 on one the voters of the state recently said they did not want.
Remember a year ago when the legislature planned to take control of the state department of education by getting rid of the elected state school board? There was only one problem, the voters had to go along with the legislature by passing a constitutional amendment saying they did not want an elected state school board.
Obviously, someone did not think, the voters could think for themselves so they got the wheels rolling by setting aside $750,000 in the 2019-20 education trust fund budget to hire a consulting firm from Boston.
And as you see by this article, the consultants recently showed up to make a presentation to members of the state school board. But when things really get interesting is when you to look at the 14-page Executive Summary. Which you can do right here.
Back to the constitutional vote held on March 2, 2020. Among other things, if passed we would have created the Alabama Commission on Elementary and Secondary Education. But it did not pass. Did not even come close to passing as voters rejected it 75 percent against, 25 percent in favor.
But apparently it takes a while for news to get from Montgomery to Boston because right there at the bottom on page one in the summary the consultants talk about how great it is that Alabama is creating the Alabama Commission on Elementary and secondary Education and doing away with the elected state school board.
Just one small problem. IT AIN’T TRUE.
On page two of the summary it says the ALSDE (Alabama State Department of Education) must take full ownership and accountability for student progress across Alabama. But where is the accountability for blunders like this?