Interim State Superintendent Philip Cleveland announced today that his department would conduct a thorough analysis of the screening process for educators in Alabama, after revelations that the department cleared an employee with a criminal past.
The department conducts background checks and issues teaching certificates based on qualifications. The department allowed at least one teacher in the Birmingham City School system to keep his teaching certificate despite a felony gun conviction and misdemeanor domestic abuse. That teacher, Phillip Smith III, was subsequently accused of trading sex-for-grades and pled guilty to a misdemeanor.
In a statement, Cleveland said the department has blocked several potential threats using a system that received an A grade according to USA Today. but he said that the recent reporting shows that there is still work to be done.
“I plan to have a complete, step-by-step analysis performed to identify any remaining areas of where our screening of potential educators can be enhanced,” Cleveland said in the statement. “In addition, I will deploy resources to assist education professions with recognizing misbehavior. No state or school system is flawless, but our commitment is to do whatever we can within our power to make Alabama schools safe and supported environments.”
An Alabama legislator is vowing to fight to keep Chief Justice Roy Moore on the bench.
Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, said Moore has taken a “brave and principled stand for Alabama values, Christian moral and fundamental Constitutional precepts.” Moore was suspended Friday while awaiting charges related to his order to probate judges throughout Alabama to ignore higher court rulings related to the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Moore said he plans on fighting the charges and denies allegations stemming from a complaint filed by the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center.
Ainsworth said he supports Moore’s efforts and his definition of biblical marriage.
“True marriage is not a civil union, it is a religious covenant among a man, a woman, and God, and the First Amendment to our U.S. Constitution forbids the federal government from meddling in religion. The Southern Poverty Law Center and its liberal allies want to purge godly men like Roy Moore from government so they can continue forcing their immoral and dangerous beliefs onto society. As the father of small children, I’ll fight the SPLC’s efforts to remove God, religion, and morals from public policy, debate, and discussion.
White House dreams fading, Bernie Sanders added another state to his tally against Hillary Clinton with a win in West Virginia on Tuesday — a victory that will do little to slow the former secretary of state’s steady march toward the Democratic presidential nomination.
Meanwhile, Republican Donald Trump also won there and in Nebraska, a week after he cleared the field of his remaining rivals. They were not victories likely to heal the party’s wounds, as some GOP leaders continue to hold off offering their endorsement of the party’s presumptive nominee.
The result in the West Virginia Democratic primary underscored the awkward position Clinton and the party’s establishment face as they attempt to turn their focus to the general election. Sanders has won 19 states to Clinton’s 23, but she is 94 percent of the way to winning the nomination — just 145 delegates short of the 2,383 required.
That means she could lose all the states left to vote by a landslide and still emerge as the nominee, so long as all her supporters among the party insiders known as superdelegates continue to back her.
Clinton needs to win just 14 percent of the delegates and uncommitted superdelegates at stake in the remaining contests, and she remains on track to capture the nomination in early June.
Spare me the lecture about party unity. At best, it’s an uncritical view of the two presumptive nominees. At worst, it’s blind idiocy. When it comes down to the general election all of us are expected to ignore our concerns, fall behind our assigned letter on the ballot, and attack the candidate with the other letter.
If that seems completely reasonable to you, let’s apply it to a different situation.
Imagine that you’re walking down the jet way to board a plane. As you reach the end, you hear the flight attendant ask the pilot, “Are you sure you’re good to fly?” Bleary-eyed with buttons misaligned and cap cocked to one side, the pilot says, “I love flight attendants. They’re just the best people.”
As you take another step forward, you notice a fissure on the surface of the wing emitting sparks every few seconds. The pilot—sensing your hesitancy—assures you that the security of the plane wasn’t ever compromised no matter how bad it looks.
Nobody in his or her right mind gets on that plane simply because it’s the only one at the end of the jet way.
Clinton Democrats have been telling Bernie Sanders that it’s time for him to get out of the race for months. He keeps raising money and winning. Trump makes it easy to overlook Hillary Clinton’s unpopularity. Democratic voters in the #NeverClinton crowd don’t relish her “inevitability” any more than they did the last time she carried the mantle.
On the Republican side, I see the plane, the pilot looks tipsy, and I’m not sure the wings are going to stay on. Like Speaker Paul Ryan, I can’t get on board with Trump right now for any number of good reasons. That said, I’m looking for any option that doesn’t end up with me throwing away my vote for President of the United States.
Few people question my unwillingness to vote for Clinton because of her abortion-on-demand perspective or particularly limited view of the Second Amendment. I’m a more conservative voter, so that’s expected. But if I criticize Trump’s protectionist trade policies, weak defense of the First Amendment, or his ill-mannered campaign tactics, the likes of Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee stand ready to purge me from the Republican ranks.
Nothing says “unity” quite like stomping out dissent.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in Opelika in the ethics trial of House Speaker Mike Hubbard, with the trial expected to start the following week.
A list of potential witnesses who have been served subpoenas reads like a who’s who of state politics and includes Gov. Robert Bentley and former Gov. Bob Riley.
Their names are not a surprise. Two of the charges against Hubbard allege that he was paid to represent companies before the governor’s office. One charge alleges that Hubbard sought help in obtaining business clients from Riley, a registered lobbyist.
Other potential witnesses include at least 18 legislators, including Sen. President Pro Tem Del Marsh.
Among others on the list are Retirement Systems of Alabama CEO David Bronner, former Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead, Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, Great Southern Wood President Jimmy Rane, Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William Canary, former Lt. Gov. Steve Windom and former state Rep. Greg Wren.
Trump is terrible, his spokespeople are worse…
His delegates aren’t so hot…
The mock attack] involved a ‘suicide bomber’ detonating his ‘explosive’ in the middle of the Trafford Centre, ‘killing and wounding’ dozens of the 800 volunteers called in to make the simulation as real as possible.
But upon seeing video footage of the ‘attack’, critics bombarded the force with messages of disapproval – asking why the terrorist had to be identified as Muslim after he was overheard shouting the Islamic phrase for ‘God is great’ four times as he stormed the building before ‘blowing himself up’.
Can anyone explain?
Your dog is a racist…
Liberals suddenly think businesses should be able to discriminate…
Teachers hate accountability…
How do you factor in hunger? Absurd.
What the hell is Kratom?
I am a huge Cubs fan. but this is crazy…
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