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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Judge hears arguments in school suit
- Teachers must file ethics reports
- Utilities to raise rates
Judge hears arguments in school suit
An attorney representing The Anniston school
board Friday urged a judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the
hiring of Anniston school superintendent Joan Frazier. hiring,
criticizing the lawsuit as "defective" and "fatally flawed."
Attorney Burgin Kent said the lawsuit was defective and fatally
flawed. Kent said that state law and an attorney general's opinion
back the board's decision to hire Superintendent Joan Frazier
without advertising the position. The board hired Frazier on April
24th after she had served as interim superintendent for
seven months. A Birmingham education reform group Citizens for
Better Schools sued the school board in may, alleging that it had
violated the Open Meetings Act by meeting secretly before the
meeting at which the Frazier was hired. Friday Circuit Judge John
Thomason heard arguments in the case and indicated he would issue a
ruling after giving both sides the opportunity to file legal briefs.
Teachers must file ethics reports
More than 11,000 teachers now have to file
annual financial statements with the Ethics Commission, and they’re
not happy about it. Neither is the Ethics Commission. Because of a
7 percent pay raise, many K-12 public school teachers make more than
$50,000, requiring them to file statements of economic interest just
like mayors, governors or state legislators. Athletic coaches are
included because they’re really considered teachers. Alabama
Education Association Executive Secretary Paul Hubbert said “It’s
ridiculous,”. About 11,400 teachers were required by state law to
file statements of economic interest for the first time. Statements
are filed in arrears, so this year’s reports cover 2007, the year
the pay raise started.
Utilities to raise rates
Utility customers can expect to seek rate
increases in the near future. According to Cherokee Electric Co-op
General Manager, Randall Wilkie, tells the electric cooperatives
customers can expect an increase in the cost of heating and cooling
both their homes and businesses in the near future. TVA announced
this week it will increase the Fuel Cost Adjustment to their
customers at a rate of somewhere between 10 and 20%. Electric
Distributors are scheduled to meet with TVA Officials this week to
learn exactly what the increase will be. Wilkie said that whatever
the increase is, will be passed along to the consumer. It will
appear on their electric bill as a line item fuel adjustment charge.
He said he expects the fuel adjustment charge to be about 15%, but
it could be more or less, adding that TVA is paying more for coal,
natural gas and plutonium used to fuel their generation equipment
and due to the drought, there is less hydro-power available.
Alabama power has also announced that they too will seek a rate
increase because of the rising cost of fuel. Unlike the Co-Ops,
Alabama power must have their increases approved thru the state
public service commission.
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