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March 13, 2014

New Gardendale Board of Education members talk about their task ahead and Common Core


“There’s a difference between curriculum and standards, and that’s where the confusion comes in,” White said. “I support Common Core standards. I’m comfortable with what our state department [of education] has done with it. I do not have enough clarification to why there is opposition — I get that it’s about government overreach, but I have no evidence that’s the case in Alabama.

“We have to do what’s better for students, period. I have been doing my due diligence to investigate the pros and cons of Common Core.”

White believes the foremost task at hand for the new board, even before hiring a superintendent, is to establish a vision for the system.

“Building trust within the community and being very transparent will be a critical piece of this ongoing puzzle,” she said.

White hopes that the negotiation process with Jefferson County Schools will allow for a grandfather clause for children in Mt. Olive who are currently zoned to attend Bragg Middle and Gardendale High schools.

“I am absolutely for that, and have no qualms saying that,” White said. “I am not about excluding children. This is about educating children, period... It is a very complicated process, but I am all for coming up with a solution to this problem that includes Mt. Olive and any other children that are currently attending Gardendale.”

Dr. Michael Hogue, the fifth member of the new board, is the interim dean of the McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University. Attempts to reach him for comment before press deadlines were unsuccessful.


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