Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Nice to be quoted by the Governor :) !

SWEET Home Alabama written @ my desk in Teaneck, New Jersey

Last year I wrote an article for Converge on Alabama's virtual high school initiative (download the aritcle @ http://www.convergemag.com/story.php?catid=231&storyid=105998 )

It was nice to be quoted by Governor Bob Riley in his January 1, 2008 memo online. I guess my words and thoughts resonated.

The program was featured in the national education magazine Converge last year, which proclaimed that
“Alabama has taken aim and hit the bull’s eye with ACCESS.”

“Unlike virtual school initiatives that attempt to replace or supplant brick and mortar schools, ACCESS builds on the state’s existing real world education system, enhancing, enriching and taking it to places never previously imagined,”
the article states.

Governor Riley was so enthusiastic about that article he recently sent copies of it to every legislator and encouraged them to see ACCESS in action by visiting one of the schools.
“This is a program that’s working. It expands learning opportunities to kids all across Alabama and improves the quality of education in this state. I want to make sure all legislators understand just how critical it is to fully fund ACCESS,” Governor Riley said. “Just like this article said,
‘success stories with this much impact and significance are rare.’ We’ve got to expand ACCESS so more of our students have the opportunity to benefit from this success story.”

Read the memo at its source: http://www.governorpress.alabama.gov/pr/pr-2008-01-01-01-access-video.asp

ALSO: See news coverage citing my article: http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080113/OPINION01/801130301/1012/OPINION