William Bell has made every attempt to distort my record as President of the Birmingham Board of Education. I opposed charter schools, I worked with my colleagues to get Birmingham City Schools removed from state probation, and I helped lead efforts to approve 3-mill property tax and $8 million in additional revenue to fund arts, music and pre-K in our schools.
William Bell has been missing in action on our schools committing less than 1% of his budgets to supporting our schools when cities like Huntsville commit closer to 5% of their revenues to support their schools. Our students and our schools deserve better, and I will bring my experience from the Board of Education to City Hall and be the partner to Superintendent Herring and our schools that our students and parents deserve.
My education agenda includes:
- Working with our organizations like Birmingham Education Foundation and other community partners to develop a plan for establishing Early Childhood Learning Centers so that our youngest learners are ready for Pre-K and kindergarten
- Joining my former colleagues on the Birmingham Board of Education to fight against the Alabama Public Charter School Board to ensure that crucial resources are not taken away from our traditional school system
- Personally lobbying Governor Ivey to expand state funding for more First Class Pre-K classes in Birmingham City Schools and working with our state delegation to increase the resources committed to Birmingham City Schools for early childhood education
- Developing partnerships between my Division of Youth Services, the Birmingham Public Library System, Birmingham City Schools, and the Birmingham Education Foundation’s Summer Adventures in Learning Program to develop a summer reading enrichment program at our public libraries for our students in grades 2-10 that are not reading at grade level
- Committing City funding to the creation of the Fred Shuttlesworth Opportunity Scholarship providing for free tuition for all Birmingham City School graduates that attend Jefferson State or Lawson State within a year of graduating from Birmingham City Schools
- Committing City funding to support workforce readiness certifications for Birmingham City Schools graduates that choose not to attend a four-year college or go into the military after high school.
I challenge William Bell to propose a bolder agenda for our students and our schools. He’s more interested in distorting my record on the Board of Education than he is in telling how how he’d support our students. His website and his campaign have been silent on what he would do to support our students which is consistent with what we’ve seen from City Hall for the past seven years. My education plan is available at http://www.randallwoodfin.com/education. Our students can’t wait another four years for a City Hall that puts them first. Vote Randall Woodfin on October 3rd.