The building blocks of a stronger society start in the classroom. To be competitive in the global marketplace, Alabama must prioritize the education of our children and invest in tomorrow’s workforce, today. We must stop kicking the can down the road and put our full attention and focus on helping our young people learn and succeed. Specifically, we must:
- Increase the pay rate for teachers to attract and retain top-notch educators.
- Improve and maintain our public school facilities and educational materials.
- Empower innovative teachers who can find creative ways to help students learn
In the most recent U.S. News & World Report “Best States to Live In” edition, Alabama ranked 47th in quality of education. This is unacceptable and must be improved if our state is to reach our full potential. In addition, Alabama loses thousands of college educated young people every year who take jobs and choose to raise their children in other states, in part because of our education infrastructure at the primary level is not sufficient and is unequal between districts.
While we cannot change our ranking overnight, we can make significant improvement in a short period of time, but we must have the political courage to prioritize one of the most important components of the communities we serve.