Category: Political

By 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 the […]

Date: 01/24/14
Category: Political

By Anita Gibson, AEA President If educators, parents, and community members have learned any lesson from our current circumstances, it must be that our role as advocates for our children and our public schools must become a priority. Now is the time to join forces and stand strong for our children. As education employees we […]

Date: 01/24/14
Category: Political

By Dr. Henry C. Mabry, Executive Secretary     Many lawmakers have made the statement they wish they could give educators a six percent raise, but that the money will not be there.  If the economy performs as expected, the money will be there. Republican legislative leaders, like Speaker Mike Hubbard and Senator Del Marsh, […]

Date: 01/22/14
Category: Political

By Dr. Gregory T. Graves, Associate Executive Secretary   Ladies and gentlemen the 2014 Legislative session is here.  During the next 105 or so days elected legislators will meet to decide what your professional life, and to a large extent your personal life, will look like. These elected officials have much more control than many […]

Date: 01/18/14
Category: Political

As Thanksgiving rapidly approaches I would like to dedicate this article to the men and women who epitomize what it means to give. I want to say something to educators that our lawmakers should have said long ago: Thank you! Thank you for your selfless dedication to the children of this state, for protecting them, […]

Date: 11/22/13
Category: Political

An estimated $500 million in new money will be available for new spending next year. This is good news. The bad news is that the Senate Republican leadership wants to sit on this money. We have already had more education funding cuts than any state in the country thanks to Rolling Reserve Budgeting and now […]

Date: 11/16/13
Category: Political

A recent column by John Hilliard criticized the Alabama Education Association for our opposition to the so-called Alabama Accountability Act. Not only does he unfairly disparage AEA, he perpetuates discredited myths and the unfounded notion that the law somehow benefits the poor and disadvantaged children of our state. Let’s set the record straight. Instead of […]

Date: 11/14/13
Category: Political

Beginning this fall, Alabama public schools will be under a new state-created academic accountability system that sets different goals for students in math and reading based on their race, economic status, ability to speak English and disabilities. The state’s new Plan 2020 will replace No Child Left Behind, the much-maligned, Bush-era accountability program. More…

Date: 07/01/13
Category: Political

While Alabama’s pre-K programs are nationally recognized — the state is one of four to meet all 10 the National Institute for Early Education Research’s quality benchmarks — it also ranks 33rd in access among the 40 states that offer pre-k programs. Gov. Robert Bentley spoke at Leeds Elementary School today to announce 93 grants totaling […]

Date: 06/26/13
Category: Political

Alabama public schools are no longer operating under the Bush-era education reforms known as No Child Left Behind. State education officials announced today that the U.S. Department of Education has granted the state’s waiver request to be removed from the many requirements of No Child Left Behind. More…  

Date: 06/22/13
Category: Political