I was surprised–but pleased–to read the following post on Facebook from Senate leader Del Marsh.

‘I am putting together a teacher’s advisory council. If you are a teacher living in Senate District 12 (Calhoun, Talladega, and Clay counties) and you are interested in joining, please send me a message or call my office at (334) 242- 7877.”

For way too long our lawmakers have been wading into education policy with scant, if any, input from real life professional educators.  The Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 being a prime example.  In fact, after this was passed Senator Marsh said that they did not let any educators know about the bill because, “they might have been opposed to it.”

Same was true for last year’s RAISE bill which later became the PREP bill.  Once this surfaced, educators had plenty to say about it since it was simply horribly crafted legislation.  But if educators have a voice on the front end and can be proactive, instead of just reactive, we would save ourselves a lot of unnecessary wasting of resources and time.

And maybe Senator Marsh, who is a bright legislative leader, has figured this out.  Let’s hope so.  And if so, I certainly salute him.

Here’s hoping that a LOT to teachers in Calhoun, Talladega and Clay counties contact Marsh and let him know they want to be on such a body.

Marsh can be contacted via email: dmarsh@ipochrome.com