So it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
The day after writing about how to push back when district school leaders make decisions that negatively impact parents and families, this press release from the Alabama State Department of Education dropped into my inbox:
What this reveals is that the private and church school folks (which include those homeschools affiliated with church and private schools) were displeased with the proposed rules and regulations regarding private school licensure and exemption processes discussed at the July 9 State Board of Education meeting and the two private school administrator meetings on July 11 and 12. It further means that they used all of their advocacy power to stop the State Board of Education from proceeding with those proposed rules. (Read more here and here.)
Rules for regulation proposed July 9.
Meeting with private school administrators July 11 and 12.
Pretty quick results, wouldn’t you say?
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Hoover City Board of Education’s decision to eliminate bus transportation for general education students starting in the 2014-2015 school year stands in spite of strong opposition to the decision.
I guess it isn’t what you know, it’s who you know. Apparently, getting the Governor involved makes things happen faster.
A Few More Details about the Private School Licensure/Exemption Discussion
While this licensing/exemption issue is separate from the Alabama Accountability Act (AAA) participating non-public school discussion, it could be seen as related due to the need to be in compliance with licensing or exemption requirements in order to be to participate in the AAA.
From the State Board of Education July 9 meeting: Here is video of Dr. Bice removing the Emergency Rules in question from the Agenda and his reasoning for doing so. Here is Part 1 of the Private School Proposed Rules discussion on ustream. Here is Part 2 of the discussion. I divided it into two parts due to discussion in between not related to the private school licensure discussion.
Here are the rules in question.
These folks got their opposition together pretty quickly, got organized and were able to nip this in the bud for now.
If you’d like to learn how other states regulate private schools, here is a document from 2009 from the United States Department of Education outlining the various state requirements for private schools across the United States.