John Archibald: Salary Disparities Between Teachers and Superintendents
It’s good to be king, but as John Archibald says, it’s super to be superintendent. The salaries earned by superintendent vs. teachers in Alabama is significant to say the least. We take a look at those numbers and what it means for Alabama educators. Plus, is it fair to compare present day Ferguson, Missouri to Birmingham, Alabama in the 1960’s?
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.
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.
Hate-filled Heckling in the Name of Religion 08-11-2016
The hearing Monday for suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore sparked disturbing heckles directed at members of the LGBT community. Moore supporters chanted anti-gay slurs and mocked a speaker attempting to give an emotional testimony. For more on this and other news, we turn to John Archibald, columnist for the Alabama Media Group.
What do we Learn from a Church Bomber’s Denied Parole? 08-4-2016
Thomas Blanton will stay in jail. He’s the last remaining Klansman convicted for Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church bombing which killed four black girls in 1963. Blanton was up for parole Wednesday after serving 15 years of his four life sentences. But the state’s parole board did not free Blanton. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald reflects on the hearing and also comments on Alabama’s likely new Speaker of the Alabama House Mac McCutcheon.
Many Unknowns Around Governor’s Call for a Lottery 07-28-2016
Proponents of a lottery in Alabama received a notable boost this week after Governor Robert Bentley announced he would call a special session on that issue. He wants lawmakers to pass a measure to create a lottery which would then have to be approved by voters. Bentley says it’s up to voters to decide but calls a lottery the best remaining way to deal with persistent budget crises. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald offers his take on the proposal.
Finding a Way to Talk About Racial Inequality in Alabama, U.S. 07-21-2016
It’s time to speak of reparations. That’s the headline of the latest column by AL.com’s John Archibald. The piece comes following the turbulent and deadly events involving black men and law enforcement in Louisiana, Texas and Minnesota. A discussion about this controversial column.