Alabama State School Board Primary Results Are A Mixed Bag

I would like to offer my congratulations to Betty Peters who survived a very tough primary.  Betty serves on the Alabama State Board of Education and has been a friend to Truth in American Education.  Other than Betty it doesn’t look like Common Core opponents faired too well.


Two candidates who have tacitly supported the national educational standards appeared headed for victory Tuesday night.

District 8 incumbent Mary Scott Hunter defeated her opponent, Mike Parsons, 53 percent to 47 percent.

Meanwhile, in District 6, Jacksonville State University economics professor Cynthia McCarty defeated retired teacher Patricia McGriff. With 97 percent of the votes counted, McCarty was leading McGriff with 53 percent of the vote to 47 percent.

Of the anti-Common Core candidates running in the Republican primary, only District 2 incumbent Betty Peters found her way to victory Tuesday night. With 88 percent of the votes counted, she was leading former Eufaula school superintendent Barry Sadler, 59 percent to 41 percent.

The Common Core-friendly candidates had major support from business interests, out-raising their anti-Common Core opponent five-to-one.

However, throughout the race, those candidates couched their campaign messages in softer terms, emphasizing that Alabama had modified their controversial national educational standards.

They “couched their campaign messages in softer terms.”  Is that a polite way of saying they lied?  It’s also worth pointing that that neither Common Core advocate that won did it in a convincing manner, especially considering the money that had been raised on their behalf and one of those advocates was an incumbent.

Not impressive at all, but I’m sure that won’t stop Mike Petrilli and company from crowing about it.

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