For Immediate Release: May 15, 2013
“This is a band-aid approach to the Accountability Act. The Republican Supermajority is just trying to get through the next election and hope the voters – especially educators – will forget about this. But the people of Alabama will not forget about this. The only solution to the Accountability [...]
“Once again the Republicans in the Alabama legislature have shown they do not want to shine the light of day on the Accountability Act. The Republicans have subverted the process again and rammed through another Accountability Act bill – this time without even an hour of debate. This is just more dishonest and unethical behavior [...]
For Immediate Release: April 30, 2013
“Since February, Alabama Democrats have made it publicly known that we had an amendment for House Bill 8 that would protect an employee’s right to store their firearm in their vehicle while at work. But today, Republicans in the Alabama legislature showed their true values when they voted to [...]
“We’ve gone from a slap in the face to absolute insanity! The initial 2 percent pay raise was a slap in the face to educators. Now the Republican Supermajority has made 1 percent of that raise conditional on the number of students who participate in the Accountability Act voucher program.
Educators, retirees, and state employees [...]
House Minority Leader Craig Ford (D-Gadsden):
“Judge Kennedy has been an outstanding public servant and leader of our Party. I am sad to see him leave, but I know he will continue to do great things for Democrats in Alabama.”
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Thomas Jackson (D-Thomasville):
“Judge Kennedy was bringing credibility back to the [...]
“What they have done is make a bad bill worse. These changes will cost our schools more money and make it harder for students in failing schools to transfer to non-failing schools. As Democrats have said all along, the Accountability Act cannot be fixed. The only solution is to repeal it and go back to [...]
“There are a lot of good ideas in this report, many of which were proposed months ago by Democrats in the Alabama legislature. But I am deeply disappointed that there is not more support for school resource officers and mental health. The Republicans’ legislation would put the financial burden for the resource officers entirely on [...]
Montgomery, AL – State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow, D- Red Bay, and state Senator Roger Bedford, D- Russellville, have re-filed legislation that will allow local school systems to create a volunteer security force in conjunction with local law enforcement.
“Democrats in the Alabama legislature have offered two solutions to improve school security but the governor [...]
Montgomery, AL – The members of the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus have elected Rep. Napoleon Bracy, D-Prichard, to serve as the Caucus’ new chairman. Rep. Bracy will serve as chairman for the next two years.
“It is an honor to have been chosen for this position,” said Rep. Bracy. “I am truly blessed by God [...]
“I am deeply disappointed that the governor signed this bill as is without any executive amendments. This new law will devastate our schools and cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the state’s education budget. But the legal challenges will continue, and Democrats will continue our fight to repeal this disastrous law.”
Representative Craig Ford [...]