Gov. Kay Ivey has announced a series of executive orders to improve education to begin her second full term.
On Wednesday, Ivey signed four Executive Orders (EO) to address the state’s lackluster education performance.
“I am proud to be enacting these executive regulations and believe they will provide an essential foundation for ensuring that every student in Alabama receives a quality education,” Ivey said. “This is the first of many steps I plan to take this new semester to improve Alabama’s national ranking for our students’ reading and math achievement. Our children are our future, and by investing in their education, we are investing in a better Alabama.”
EO 729, entitled “Promoting Early Literacy by Establishing a Statewide Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Network,” works with a national program to ship books to children in Alabama.
The program is providing $4.1 million for the program’s launch, which will ensure that every Alabamaer receives books in the mail every month after their birth until they are five years old. An opt-out option is also available.
EO 730 establishes the Commission on Teaching and Learning, which consists of several well-known figures in Alabama politics.
The commission’s purpose is to “investigate ways to improve the quality of primary and secondary education” and produce a report with recommendations by December 1.
The chairman of the committee is Dr. Joe Morton, President of the Business Education Alliance and former State Superintendent of Education. It will also state Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey, Superintendent of Montgomery City Schools Dr. Melvin Brown, Superintendent of Mountain Brook Schools Dr. Dicky Barlow, State Sen. Donnie Chesteen (R-Geneva) and others include.
EO 731 will force the State Superintendent of Education to provide a report on Alabama’s various educational initiatives.
In recent years, the state has enacted a number of education initiatives to improve Alabama’s near-last national education ranking.
The 2019 Literacy Act requires students to read in third grade before moving on to fourth grade. But lawmakers voted to move a provision that would hold back students who don’t meet the requirements.
The Numeracy Act of 2022 provides millions of dollars to acquire math coaches who teach K-5 teachers how to teach math.
EO 731 requires the Superintendent to submit a report by June 30th detailing progress made to date and future actions needed to implement the initiatives.
EO 732 is establishing a registered pilot apprenticeship program to improve pathways for teaching as a profession.
The program will provide an additional path for qualifying paraprofessionals and teaching assistants to earn a Class A or Class B teaching certificate by demonstrating their competency in the classroom. The programs will initially be used in areas with a proven shortage of teachers.
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