Monday, March 4th, 2013
Last week, in what can only be described as the worst example of our legislative process, the Alabama State Senate passed the School Flexibility Act.
Set aside the disrespect and lack of statesmanship that was directed toward Democratic Senators, and you simply have a bad piece of legislation that was forced down Alabama's throat. The bill, originally only 8 pages, was drastically altered after Republican Senators and Representatives met in a closed-door meeting, tacking on page after page of new language that no one - including state finance and state education officials - had seen.
Now that the dust has settled, and the Senate floor shouting matches have ceased, Alabama is now faced with a law that sends your tax dollars to private schools, limits a teacher's ability to retain tenure, and (according to the State Board of Education) has "significant negative financial implications" to public schools.
What happened last week in the State Senate represents the worst of our political process. While our Senate Democratic Caucus fought hard to defend the voices of teachers, students, and citizens across Alabama, the Republican super-majority shut them down and forced a law upon this State that had only been read by a select few Republican leaders.
The Alabama Democratic Party needs your help - we need you to contribute so that in 2014 we can kill the super-majority and ensure that what happened last night never happens again. We've targeted the races we need to win and talked with promising potential candidates, but now is the time to make the rubber meet the road. We need your help now more than ever.