Alabama’s High Academic Standards Offer Brighter Future, BCA President Says

24-Jan-2014

"The Business Council of Alabama continues to stand in support of the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards as adopted by the State Board of Education," said BCA President and CEO William J. Canary.  "For months, the board has addressed every complaint lodged by opponents of Alabama's standards, including increasing the protection of student personal data and rescinding the Memorandum of Understanding between Alabama and the National Governors’ Association.  Despite these efforts, among others since our standards were adopted in 2010, the opposition continues to move the goal posts.

“Let's be clear about one thing: in no instance has the federal government taken over, or attempted to take over, Alabama's education system, nor will our elected officials on the State Board of Education allow that to happen.  That accusation is based in fear, not reality.  We have real battles with the federal government when it comes to their overreach in Alabama, and Common Core is not one of these battles. 

“Any attempt by the legislature to assume control of this issue, relegated by law to the State Board of Education, is the very definition of a government overreach.  We remain united with Alabama's business, education and military communities as we move forward with offering our children a brighter future, regardless of the zip code in which they live.  We welcome all those who strive for a better Alabama to stand with us."

The Business Council of Alabama is Alabama’s foremost voice for business. The BCA is a non-partisan statewide business association representing the interests and concerns of nearly one million working Alabamians through its member companies and its partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. BCA is Alabama’s exclusive affiliate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.

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