July 18, 2017
Alabama is developing a new plan to improve education across the state. The state’s vision will address ideas for how to better identify and support struggling schools and districts, how to close the state’s achievement gap, and much more.
It’s really a great opportunity for Alabama because the state can craft a plan that’s bold, innovative, and relevant to Alabama’s students, Alabama’s teachers and Alabama’s schools – not top-down one-size-fits-all goals dictated by Washington.
The choices Alabama makes in developing this new plan can help propel education forward in the state.
This is great news – but it also means that Alabama leaders need to make sure they put together a strong plan that will help advance educational opportunities for all students.
Education leaders and policymakers in Alabama are currently drafting a plan, which they will submit to the U.S. Department of Education by September 18.
Luckily for Alabama, 17 states have already submitted their own plans back in April – and experts from both sides of the aisle have given thorough feedback. That means that Alabama is in an ideal position to craft a plan that works for Alabama — but also look at what experts think are best practices from examples that already exist.
Now, we need to make sure that Alabama’s policymakers know about these great resources.
Alabama kids are smart. Alabama teachers are ready. But we need to be active citizens and speak up in order to make Alabama a leader in education.
Adam Ezring is the Director of Policy at the Collaborative for Student Success.