Charter school law chugging along

From the Gadsden Times:

MONTGOMERY — A charter school bill that could help Alabama be more competitive in applying for federal education funds is being prepared for the 2010 legislative session that begins Jan. 12.

For it: Birmingham News, The Alabama Policy Institute, Gov. Bob Riley, Alabama Possible, Caroline Novack of the A+ Partnership, Former Congressman Jack Edwards in the Mobile Press-Register (Hat tip for the last two to the Left in Alabama blog).

Against it: The Alabama Education Association

A little background on the AEA:

AEA supports:

  • the extension of state tenure legislation to include assistant principals and all personnel at postsecondary institutions.
  • the belief that every education program, including private, church, and home schools, must meet state and local system standards to ensure that every child receives a quality education.
  • the teaching of tolerance within the school curriculum.
  • regulations and policies to require the successful completion of kindergarten before entering grade one.
  • legislation to enact a tree severance tax on trees that are harvested for commercial purposes. wtf? those motherfucking loggers, not paying their fair share… I’m a lumberjack and i… want the aea to stfu!

opposes:

  • efforts to repeal the tenure law or render it ineffective.
  • any attempt to streamline transfer and dismissal procedures if such streamlining removes the right of an employee to a fair and impartial hearing procedure.
  • charter schools which are not under the control of the local board of education.
  • any non-traditional school options which negatively impact the regular school program or do not include safeguards covering contract provisions for all employees, voluntary employee participation, health and safety standards for all students and employees, non-discrimination safeguards, equal educational opportunity, financial responsibility and staffing by licensed professionals. Further, AEA opposes programs that are not adequately funded, including start-up monies, without diverting current funds from the regular program.
  • the privatization of any school services.
  • the hiring of substitutes, part-time employees, or “certified teacher assistants” at a lower salary to replace or avoid hiring professional employees.
  • the hiring of new employees while RlFed employees are still unemployed.
  • State Board of Education (SBE) allowing all state public tax-supported schools and colleges to implement a student class attendance policy as one requirement for completing their courses.

http://www.myaea.org/PDFfile/2008-09AEAConstitution.pdf

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