MONTGOMERY—Because of ongoing efforts to revert to 20th Century education standards, Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary released the following statement opposing SB 443:
“SB 443 amounts to a significant usurpation of power by the Legislature. It is simply wrong,” said BCA’s President and CEO William J. Canary. “This is a political application at the expense of students and our future workforce. As we have said before, continued attempts by the Legislature to assume control of this issue, relegated by law to the State Board of Education, is the very definition of government overreach.”
SB 443 would strip the authority of the State Board of Education to set high academic standards. The legislation would allow local boards of education to opt out of the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards and adopt an alternative standards and curriculum thus creating a patch work of educational standards in our state. SB 443 is sponsored by Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, and is co-sponsored by 12 others: Sens. Gerald Allen, R-Cottondale; Rusty Glover, R-Semmes; Bill Hightower, R-Mobile; Jimmy Holley, R-Elba; Del Marsh, R-Anniston; Shad McGill, R-Woodville; Trip Pittman, R-Montrose; Greg Reed, R-Jasper; Harri Anne Smith, I-Slocomb; Cam Ward, R-Alabaster; and Tom Whatley, R-Auburn.
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.