Guest opinion: We have allowed petty political pursuits to define and demean our Alabama Education System

This is an guest viewpoint column

I professional an unnecessarily challenging re-election race since I confronted the accusations at every single presentation that “Alabama is useless very last in Training.” Alabama Training was denigrated in community community forums, with anecdotal push statements and by politicians who were being seeking office. We all know those people are phony assertions.

The mind-boggling victory Governor Ivey attained and the re-election of Tracie West and myself reveals we are supplying leadership and have a high-quality university student and trainer populace. We have allowed petty political pursuits to determine and demean our Alabama Education System. A person Nationwide examination has been regularly and inappropriately made use of as evidence of our level of accomplishment and efficiency.

As colleagues foremost Alabama Education, with funding provided by our legislators and with our partnership with other associations like AASB, CLAS, SSA and AEA, we can assert the top quality of Instruction in Alabama.

We live in a Condition with wonderful development in work options and high-quality of existence. We do have some places we want to improve but we are undoubtedly not 52nd in Training. I suggest we shift ahead with pride and determination to Make Alabama Terrific Again in the viewpoints of our dad and mom, learners, the community, and the push.

We will have to proper our general public persona so it reflects truth. Latest tragic activities existing an prospect to maximize the safety in our faculties. Our Job Technological know-how systems are doing very well. Graduation premiums have greater. We administer the ACT to all college students and they accomplish well.

I, for a person, have had more than enough of becoming on the defensive. Our Educational Packages are staying outlined by those people who do not see our correct achievements. I show up at graduations and take a look at with our students and know we have effectively enhanced Schooling in Alabama.

After defending training in Alabama and possessing observed Governor Ivey prevail around repeated and exaggerated assertions by people who see just one knowledge stage as a implies to attraction to voters, I am prepared to go on the offense. We are a great Condition School System but we ought to concentrate our plans and meetings to guarantee all people knows we are achieving.

Alabama Instruction has endured COVID and masking. We have used ground breaking approaches to teach our students. The State Board of Instruction has embraced parental participation and sought family members as partners in our educational processes. We have to inform our very own tale and not let some others to determine our situation.

Dr. Wayne Reynolds is Professional Tempore Condition Board of Training and District 8 representative on the board