Category: Political

By Dr. Henry C. Mabry, AEA Executive Secretary As the charter school and corporate education movements have picked up steam across America and in Alabama, the demonization of teachers has been the focus of those trying to bilk public school dollars. Year after year, we fight for legislation that would provide better working conditions, salary […]

Date: 07/11/14
Category: Political

The Alabama Education Association (AEA) is pleased that a unanimous United States Supreme Court agreed with our position that educators should not be terminated for giving truthful testimony in court. The Lane v. Franks decision protects educators who were placed in the horrible position of being subject to retaliation if their supervisors did not like […]

Date: 07/08/14
Category: Political

By Larry Lee When the curtain closes on this 2014 election cycle, the most significant thing we may learn is not who will occupy the governor’s office or control the legislature, but who is trying to control education. A hint– it ain’t the folks who send their children off on a big, yellow school bus […]

Date: 07/07/14
Category: Political

By Anita Gibson, AEA President With so much to be done in the closing weeks, the ending of a school year can quickly become an excited frenzy. Now is the time of year when students and parents begin to express their appreciation for all you have done for them. Regardless of our job titles, we […]

Date: 05/16/14
Category: Political

By Dr. Gregory T. Graves, AEA Associate Executive Secretary As the school year comes to an end and we begin to reflect upon it, I wanted to take this opportunity to simply thank each and every one of you in public education for the work that you do. Nobody goes into public education to get […]

Date: 05/16/14
Category: Political

By Dr. Henry C. Mabry, AEA Executive Secretary The damage done to our state’s educators over the past four years by the Alabama Legislature’s Republican anti-education Supermajority is difficult to understand and stomach. It is also disturbing that House Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, the leader of the pack of anti-education hyenas, is prideful that he […]

Date: 05/16/14
Category: Political

By Anita Gibson, AEA President As your state president, I had the opportunity to serve as an observer at the International Summit on the Teaching Profession. There were participants from 16 nations, including Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, and the People’s Republic of China. The participants included education ministers and education employee union […]

Date: 04/11/14
Category: Political

By Anita Gibson, AEA President The House Ways and Means Education Committee, which happens to be Republican – dominated, passed their version of the 2015 Education Trust Fund Budget by a vote of 10-4. No surprise. The proposed budget does not include a pay raise or a one percent bonus for education employees. No surprise. […]

Date: 03/19/14
Category: Political

By Dr. Henry C. Mabry, AEA Executive Secretary Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) and Rep. Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa), chairman of the House Ways and Means Education Committee, swiftly brushed aside Gov. Robert Bentley’s budget proposal and pay raise bill and pushed a bill out of committee that will raise your PEEHIP out of pocket cost by […]

Date: 03/17/14
Category: Political

By Dr. Gregory T. Graves, AEA Associate Executive Secretary President Harry S. Truman had a sign on his desk that read, “The Buck Stops Here,” meaning that he would not “pass the buck” or lay blame on anyone else for his failures as a politician. I wish the Republican Leadership in the Alabama Legislature had […]

Date: 03/17/14
Category: Political