AL Congressmen Ask Sec. Duncan To Stop Tying CCSI To Federal Grant Opportunities

AL Congressmen Ask Sec. Duncan To Stop Tying CCSI To Federal Grant Opportunities

Representatives Robert Aderholt, Jo Bonner and Mo Brooks recently wrote Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asking him to stop tying federal waivers and grant opportunities to the adoption of CCSI.  They said in part: “We are aware that the Common Core Standards developed by the National Governors Association in conjunction with the Chief State School […]

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Top Education Consultants Say Alabama Should Keep Its Own Sound Standards

Top Education Consultants Say Alabama Should Keep Its Own Sound Standards

At a press conference this morning at the Alabama State House, Sen. Dick Brewbaker, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, and two nationally recognized curriculum experts explained why Common Core Standards are bad for Alabama.  Former Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education and current member of California’s Academic Content Standards Commission Ze’ev Wurman said: […]

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Response to SBOE Member Randy McKinney

Response to SBOE Member Randy McKinney

State Board of Education Member Randy McKinney recently wrote to GOP Chairman Bill Armistead in favor of the Common Core Standards Initiative.  Below is a response to Mr. McKinney’s comments. November 4, 2011 Mr. Randy McKinney, Vice-President of the Alabama State Board of Education RE:  Oct. 20, 2011 Letter to Mr. Bill Armistead Mr. McKinney: […]

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Alabama Reading Scores Catch Up To National Average

Alabama Reading Scores Catch Up To National Average

Alabama 4 graders’ reading scores have caught up with the national average for the first time in the state’s history.  It’s important to note that this was accomplished WITHOUT the Common Core Standards Initiative… Alabama’s fourth-graders caught up to the rest of the nation in reading scores for the first time in the state’s history […]

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Republican Senators, Representatives Ask State Board of Education To Rescind Adoption Of Common Core Standards

Republican Senators, Representatives Ask State Board of Education To Rescind Adoption Of Common Core Standards

13 senators and 8 representatives recently wrote to Governor Bentley and the State Board of Education to ask them to revoke adoption of the Common Core Standards Initiative and refuse any monies tied to a national curriculum. We would like to thank Senators Gerald Allen, Scott Beason, Dick Brewbaker, Paul Bussman, Rusty Glover, Bill Holtzclaw, […]

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Alabama Joins Lawsuit Against EPA

Alabama Joins Lawsuit Against EPA

Alabama has joined twenty-four other states in filing an amicus brief in a lawsuit brought against the EPA to require delay of the imposition of the Utility MACT rule.  The Rule is expected to go into effect in early November and has the potential to cost the utility industry billions of dollars and could lead […]

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Great Profile Of Author of AL Immigration Law, Kris Kobach, In The Press-Register

Great Profile Of Author of AL Immigration Law, Kris Kobach, In The Press-Register

In case you missed it, there was a great profile on Kansas Secretary of State (and the author of Alabama’s new immigration law) Kris Kobach in yesterday’s Mobile Press-Register.  They cite Eagle Forum of Alabama’s annual conference as Kobach’s first engagement in the state: Kobach got his introduction to Alabama politics in 2007, through a […]

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Rep. Martha Roby: Control Schools Locally

Rep. Martha Roby: Control Schools Locally

Representative Martha Roby had an excellent editorial in Saturday’s Montgomery Advertiser on the importance of local control of education.  She hit the nail right on the head: As a mother of a child in public school, I know local teachers are best suited to teach local students, and that dedicated local principals — empowered by […]

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FCC Moving Forward On Net Neutrality

FCC Moving Forward On Net Neutrality

I’ve written before about the danger of net neutrality and its threat to free speech. Unfortunately, last December the FCC passed new net neutrality regulations despite significant opposition.  A little over a week ago the FCC finally published the new rules in the Federal Register starting a 60 day comment period before they become law […]

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More On Yesterday’s Ruling On Immigration Bill

More On Yesterday’s Ruling On Immigration Bill

We’ve spoken with one of the nation’s top immigration lawyers, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who had this to say about yesterday’s ruling: “The decision was a significant victory for Alabama.  Judge Blackburn sustained 75% of Alabama’s HB 56, including the most important sections.  This decision vindicates the Republican legislative sponsors of the bill, […]

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