Category: Political

By Dr. Gregory T. Graves, AEA Associate Executive Secretary There was a surprising bit of honesty this week from Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh, the architect of the “Alabama Accountability Act.” In discussing a new bill that would seek to eliminate the cap on tax credits individuals can receive for donating to scholarship granting organizations, […]

Date: 03/10/14
Category: Political

By Dr. Henry C. Mabry, AEA Executive Secretary “We really appreciate the teachers and what they do for our school children.” This is basically what Sen. Trip Pittman said before passing his budget out of committee and then out of the Alabama Senate that provided an unnecessary pay cut to all educators, young and old, […]

Date: 03/10/14
Category: Political

By Anita Gibson, AEA President There is still time for you to contact your House member and encourage him/her to vote NO on the Senate version of the 2015 Education Trust Fund Budget. The House education budget committee will more than likely consider a substitute budget sometime next week. They need to hear from us […]

Date: 03/07/14
Category: Political

By Dr. Gregory T. Graves, AEA Associate Executive Secretary Alabama’s Constitution of 1901 was ratified with several common sense protections built in to promote transparency in the legislative process. Section 61 states that no bill can be so amended through the legislative process that its original meaning changes, and Section 45 provides that bills can […]

Date: 03/03/14
Category: Political

By Dr. Henry C. Mabry, AEA Executive Secretary The Senate Republican leadership is putting the screws to educators once again. Not only is Sen. Del Marsh trying to make student test scores the major consideration of teacher evaluations under Common Core, but now Marsh and his Republican acolytes are hitting educators in the wallet once […]

Date: 03/01/14
Category: Political

PEEHIP funds slashed, educators to see $81 monthly increase under senate budget propsal Pittman halts pay raise; educator take home pay to be cut again thanks to under funding PEEHIP if senate budget becomes law With just 11 meeting days left in the legislative session, Sen. Trip Pittman and other Republicans in the Alabama Senate […]

Date: 02/28/14
Category: Political

Former Gov. Bob Riley and his millionaire out-of-state partners are putting Alabama schools up for sale through a scheme to further shift state funds to private schools while giving more tax breaks to businesses and big corporations. To accomplish their goal, they grease the pockets of friendly legislators, lobbyists, and businesses and corporations on the […]

Date: 02/24/14
Category: Political

By Dr. Gregory T. Graves, AEA Associate Executive Secretary Forty million dollars is a large sum of money. In fact, out of 134 school systems, only 28 received that much in state funding through the Foundation Program for this fiscal year. Gadsden City, with an ADM of 5,486 students, received $29.4 million in Foundation funding. […]

Date: 02/23/14
Category: Political

By Dr. Henry C. Mabry, AEA Executive Secretary As President Abraham Lincoln said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” Maybe that’s why 100,000 people rallied at the North Carolina […]

Date: 02/19/14
Category: Political

Dr. Henry C. Mabry, AEA Executive Secretary The economy is improving. The most renowned national economic experts in the country say that 2014 and 2015 will be strong growth years for our economy. This means the Education Trust Fund (ETF) should grow this year and next year by hundreds of millions of dollars. According to […]

Date: 01/24/14
Category: Political