How Gov Bentley Plans To Save State’s School System

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It was Wednesday. Governor Robert Bentley was in Montgomery talking to the Alabama Association of Regional Councils when he made this comment:

“Cause I can tell ya, our education system in this state sucks!”

Jesse McDaniel is with the Alabama Education Association.

“It’s ironic that the governor would be saying our school system sucks when he is the chairman of the Alabama Board of Education. That is an awful thing for educators to hear.”

“It’s ironic that the governor would be saying our school system sucks when he is the chairman of the Alabama Board of Education. That is an awful thing for educators to hear.””Here in Mobile County and throughout the state of Alabama, our employees and our teachers are working very hard in the classroom. Our students are doing remarkable things. Sometimes that’s not always reflected in a test score.”

“Here in Mobile County and throughout the state of Alabama, our employees and our teachers are working very hard in the classroom. Our students are doing remarkable things. Sometimes that’s not always reflected in a test score.”

Governor Bentley was referencing the fact that our students rank 52nd nationally in fourth grade math scores. That statistic coming from the NAEP, or the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Those results can be misleading, however, since it only tests 4% of 4th and 8th graders that are randomly selected from 275 schools in the state. Mcdaniel says if it’s really that bad, it’s no surprise.

“Education in Alabama has been cut more than any other state over the last ten years.”

Governor Bentley released a video yesterday addressing reaction to his remark.

“I appreciate hearing from all of you. And I especially appreciate your passion that you have for education. Now that we’re all engaged in the conversation about the problems facing Alabama’s education system, let’s all do something about it now.”

He mentions the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which was signed into law in december and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act.

“As governor, I have chosen for Alabama to be one of the first states to begin implementing the ESSA by forming an implementation committee to make it happen sooner rather than later.”

He asks that teachers, students and parents voice their biggest concerns at future committee meetings.

“We’re blessed to call this great state our home. We are better than last place.”

Bentley says we’ll be hearing a lot more about the Every Student Succeeds Act in the coming months.

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