Since media everywhere are re-counting the events of 2017, we might as well join in.  Maybe I should call it the “Redneck Review.”

It was another year of running the roads as I drove more than 19,000 miles visiting educators and schools, from Bridgeport to Mobile.  Made 20 stops to give speeches or be on panels.  (And even showed up one day only to learn that the meeting had been canceled and no one told me.)

Visited with my friends at the University of West Alabama about their work with the Black Belt Teacher Corps, stopped to see Chrisy Hiett at Fruithurst Elementary in Cleburne County and learn more about her investigation as to why so many children at her school have gotten cancer, saw a wonderful mentoring program at Progress Rail in Albertville, got a handful of thank you notes from 6th graders at Rock Quarry Middle in Tuscaloosa, spent time with science teachers in summer training at Oak Mountain Middle and much, much more.

There are wonderful people doing amazing things in our schools from one end of Alabama to the other.  Unfortunately too many of their efforts go unrecognized–and even unappreciated.  But this doesn’t stop them.

This is post number 294 for 2017.  Since Jan. l of this year, there have been more than 252,000 views of my musings.  I am grateful and thankful for each one of them and appreciate all the people who regularly drop me notes of encouragement.

Without a doubt, the major education “news” of this past year was the resignation of state superintendent Mike Sentance and the events that lead up to his decision.

The decision to hire him was unbelievable–as was the 12 months he was in office.  This was governance at its worst.  Few will ever know the price paid by taxpayers and educators for this blunder.  Nor may we ever know why certain individuals did some of the things they did in regards to this whole mess.

But we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that things were done that were wrong.

And thank goodness, for the most part this episode is over and we are now trying to move forward.  Which is certainly what the 730,000 students in our public schools deserve.

So here is closing the door on 2017 and wishing for you and yours a wonderful 2018.  And thanks for stopping by.