John Archibald: Education Reforms, Gridlock and what of Atticus Finch?

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John Archibald: Education Reforms, Gridlock and what of Atticus Finch?

Education was a leading topic in the courtroom and the statehouse. The Common Core seems to still be the curriculum path of choice in Alabama, despite a major effort to overturn it. Meanwhile, the Alabama Supreme Court has lifted a temporary restraining order that now paves the way for a controversial school choice bill to be signed into law by Governor Robert Bentley. John Archibald and Scott Hanley discuss how leaders came to make changes and also choose to not make a change. Is there room for reason, diplomacy, detail and unwavering decency?

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Alabama is full of big news stories. From the removal of the Confederate battle flag, to gay marriage, to Birmingham's increase in the minimum wage. It's a lot for journalists to keep up with and a lot of great materials for columnists like AL.com and The Birmingham News' John Archibald. He discusses the city, county and state politics in forums large and small.

Awaiting a Ruling in the Roy Moore Case
09-29-2016

All eyes are on the Alabama Court of the Judiciary awaiting a decision regarding Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. Moore went to trial Wednesday on judicial ethics charges. At issue is a January order from Moore in which he tells probate judges Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban is still in effect. That’s despite a U.S Supreme Court ruling last year clearing the way for gay marriage nationwide. Moore could be removed from office for the second time in 13 years over the case. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald watched the proceedings and offers his perspective.

Grand Jury Could Cut Through the Smoke
09-22-2016

The political climate in Birmingham is taking on a new flavor after last week’s news the state attorney general’s office is opening an investigation in Birmingham. There’s not much known about it other than a special grand jury will convene October 17th and it’s looking into the Birmingham Water Works Board. This is the same unit that took down former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard. We talk about the development with Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald.

A New Building for Cooper Green Could be on the Way
09-8-2016

Jefferson County’s indigent healthcare system, Cooper Green Mercy Health Services, could be on its way to a new facility. Cooper Green transitioned from being a hospital to an outpatient clinic in 2013, but county officials say the former hospital building is expensive to keep up and they’d be better off with a new building. On Wednesday, the county commission voted in support of that idea. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald talks about the significance of the move and about a Birmingham Water Works Board contract that’s drawing scrutiny.

Living in Birmingham and Liking it — 30 Years On
09-1-2016

UAB students started classes this week. But for students stepping onto campus 30 years ago in 1986, they had the opportunity to take a class that might sound a little odd. The course was called “Living in Birmingham and Liking it.” Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald ran across this tidbit recently. He reflects on it and on Birmingham’s changes over the last three decades.

New Schools Chief Steps Into Turbulent Education Climate
08-18-2016

Alabama has a new public schools chief. Last week, the State Board of Education selected Michael Sentance. He’s the former Secretary of Education of Massachusetts and worked with the U.S. Department of Education. But he’s never been a classroom teacher or principal and he was chosen over three Alabama candidates. That has some in the education community in an uproar. We talk about the situation with Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald.