EMAIL From House Seen As a Bait and SwitchRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Feb 17 2013 3:34 PM
By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
MONTGOMERY—On Wednesday, one could barely walk down the seventh floor of the StateHouse without being handed a copy of an email from Jason Isbell.
Isbell is Chief Counsel within the office of House Speaker Mike Hubbard.
The email appears to be a guide as to how to conceal certain facts about the Local Control School Flexibility Act of 2013.
There has been a general concern among members of the House that the Local Control and School Flexibility Act not contain language that would reverse the tenure law established under Students First Act of 2011.
Some House members who did not want to be quoted for this story, said they had spoken to the Speaker’s office and had been assured that the School Flexibility Act would not threaten teacher’s tenure.
However, Isbell’s email copied to Josh Blades, Rachel Adams, Sommer Vaughn, Chad Fincher, Senator Bill Holtzclaw and Ryan Cantell, seems to break with the promise made to House members.
Isbell writes, “I will also convey to him, [Senator Holtzclaw] that Rep. Fincher, Speaker Hubbard, and others hope that any attempts to include the Students First Act in Section 6(c) will be resisted.”