In Alabama, public education is the responsibility of the Governor, State Board of Education (SBE), Legislature, and local boards of education. The local boards of education implement the budgets, laws and regulations as authorized by state law or the SBE.
By virtue of serving as President of the SBE, and having the statutory powers of the executive branch, the Governor is most responsible for ensuring our schools have outstanding teachers, programs, facilities, curriculum and technology. The Governor also has the power of the “bully pulpit” which carries with it the ability to fight for every child’s right to achieve the American Dream.
I believe that public education is a necessity for our children if they are to inherit a better Alabama. We also know that public education is an essential ingredient for economic development, health care and all the elements of a higher quality of life.
During my 12 years of serving as mayor, whether it has been Project HELP or the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative, our administration has been able to make strategic investments which have made a remarkable difference for so many. Yet, in Tuscaloosa, and throughout Alabama, too many of our parents are sending their children off to schools with the false belief they are being prepared for a 21st Century technology driven economy. I believe our children deserve better and the Governor is the one who can make it happen.
Next week, I will begin unveiling my plan to transform education in the state of Alabama so that all children succeed. My plan will invest in early childhood education and ensure we have a workforce ready to meet the new economy. As governor, I am looking forward to leading our state as we ensure that ALL children have an opportunity to achieve the American Dream.