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Congratulations, Class of 2014!

Johnny Mack Morrow State Representative To the Class of 2014, I want to start by saying congratulations. You have reached a milestone in your life; however, this is not the end—it is merely the beginning. Graduating is just another chapter in your book and another road along your journey, but it is an accomplishment and

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Special election offers proof: Accountability Act has to go

Over the past three years, there has been a lot of controversial legislation that has come out of the state legislature in Montgomery. But, by far, the most controversial law to be passed was the Accountability Act. Rammed through the legislature using unethical and deceitful tactics, both the taxpayers and educators were kept completely in

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AMSTI: Changing education for the better

After the grueling 2013 legislative session, Alabama Republicans and Democrats can finally agree on something. The Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) is changing the lives of our children by positively influencing the way they learn. The Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative is a state-funded, hands-on training program that uses innovative and creative

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‘Fixes’ for Accountability Act fall short

Once again, the Alabama Legislature is being asked to “fix” a bill that was rushed through without taking the time to think it through or debate it. This is a disturbing trend that has taken place over since the Republican Supermajority took control in Montgomery. In fact, if there has been a theme for the

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Budget a slap in the face to educators

For the past three years, state employees, educators and our entire public education system have taken it on the chin. Unfortunately, it seems next year will be another rough one thanks to the education budget that was passed by the state House of Representatives last week. There are two proposals in this budget that are

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State leaders should make child abuse awareness a high priority

Last year, our leadership in the Alabama legislature decided to “right-size” our government by reducing the budget drastically for the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Program from nearly a quarter-of-a-million dollars to only $50,000. The Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention is a vital state agency because it is the ONLY state agency that

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Protecting RSA means keeping a promise

We are taught from a very early age that a promise is a promise. Alabama made a promise to teachers, nurses, prison guards, sheriff deputies, child-protection workers and others serving in the public interest that they could have a decent retirement. Seventy years ago, the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) was created to ensure that

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Funding education will have lasting effects

There is no great secret to improving education in Alabama. We have an impressive track record of raising student achievement by developing our own programs and efforts. Alabama is a national leader in curriculum and instruction innovation. The question is whether we are going to continue with our efforts and maintain progress. It comes down

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Assessing Bentley’s performance, plans

We are one year into the Bentley administration, a good time to review his performance so far and look at his priorities for the coming year. Certainly, the governor has done some things right in his first twelve months, most notably his public role after the tornadoes of last April. He visited all 38 counties

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Learning from last April’s tragedy

As we look back on 2011, one day that will forever be remembered is April 27, the day that tornadoes ripped through our state, leaving a path of death and destruction. The terrible storms were the largest tornado outbreak ever recorded. Never has the state seen such destruction. Never was it more widespread. From east

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