After posting last night about Bibb and Marion county school boards passing repeal accountability act resolutions, I learned this morning the Leeds city system also passed a resolution yesterday, while Houston County did on Monday. That means 11 systems with a total of more than 170,000 students have stepped up and told the public that they are willing to fight for their children and stop diverting money from the Education Trust Fund for private school scholarships.
More local boards will be following suit in days to come.
I became involved in education ten years ago. During that time three things stand out to me. 1) passage of the bill to create the worthless A-F school report cards in 2012., 2) passing the Alabama Accountability Act in 2013, and 3) hiring Mike Sentance to be state superintendent in 2016.
Think about it. We wrestled for years trying to come up with a formula to give grades to schools. One committee worked on this for two years before throwing up their hands and quitting. And today we have schools that get a C on their report card, yet the accountability act says they are “failing.”
We have 722,000 students in public schools and only 3,668 on AAA scholarships. Yet some want us to believe that it’s OK to divert money from 722,000 so 3,668 can have a scholarship. How the heck can that be justified?
And Mike Sentance, a guy who was rejected by nine states when he applied to head their education system (and was also rejected by Alabama in 2011 without even getting an interview) and who was never a teacher or principal of local superintendent gets hired by our state school board. This whole deal was so sordid that one former board members is facing legal action this summer because of actions she took.
Friends, that is a TRAIN WRECK. Nothing less.
And what do each have in common with the others? NO ONE LISTENED TO EDUCATORS. The people who have worked in schools and classrooms all their lives were ignored.
This is why these resolutions are so personally gratifying. Perhaps, just perhaps, educators across Alabama are finding their collective VOICE and saying ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
Educators, those people who work with our children every day to make their lives better, are realizing that when we leave things to those who are clueless about education, the results are seldom good.