Since in my case, seeing is believing, when I heard that the Baldwin County school board was to pass a resolution on Oct 18 calling for repeal of the Alabama Accountability Act, I climbed in my 19-year old car and headed toward Bay Minette.
Sure enough, right on schedule, board member David Tarwater presented the resolution and it passed. Several board members expressed their disappointment in this legislation and the impact it has on the Education Trust Fund,
So after a 300-mile round trip I plopped down in front of my computer about 10:30 p.m. and wrote this article. I am happy that it touched a nerve. Many shared the piece on Facebook and twitter and sent me an email.
As of mid-afternoon on Sunday, Oct. 21, the article had 1,748 “hits” on the blog and had “reached” 5,979 on Facebook. I wish I could claim this was normal for everything I post, but it isn’t. It was a nice increase. And while I know there are blogs that get zillions of views, this ain’t one of them–though we do get several hundred thousand views each year.
Still, the fact that 1,748 people paused to read this message on their computer, I pad, smart phone or whatever is intriguing to me. And I dare say that was double the number of folks at the high school football game I attended in Fayette County Friday night.
From all indications, other local school boards will follow the actions of Baldwin County. And they should. This bill was passed in 2013 with ZERO input from educators so it is high time that the education community be heard about legislation that has diverted $146.6 million from public schools.
Do you know a school board member? Are you on a school board? Do you know a legislator?
If so, pass along the news about what Baldwin County did on Oct. 19. The 2019 regular session of the legislature is an opportune time to repeal this bill. In 2013 AAA passed the Senate with 22 votes and the House with 51 votes. However, of the Senate votes, at the max only nine of them will be in the 2019 Senate. (And of these nine, six have general election opponents so that number might shrink.) Of the 51 House votes, only 22 may return. (Some 14 of these have an opponent in November.)
Education must stand up for itself. Education supporters must speak out. If I can drive 300 miles on a Thursday night, surely you can take a few moments to send some emails.