Ala. Schools Superintendent Clarifies Position on Headland Graduation Controversy

This week many people in the Wiregrass have had their opinions about a controversy surrounding a Headland High School Student.


This week many people in the Wiregrass have had their opinions about a controversy surrounding a Headland High School Student.

Several news sources have even reported the Superintendent of Alabama Schools got involved. However, State Superintendent Dr. Thomas Bice wants to correct those reports.

At first Aaron Sanders was not allowed to participate in graduation because he didn't pass all the required sections of the state graduation exam. However, his family filed an injunction Tuesday with a judge. Hours later he ruled Sanders could participate in last night's ceremony.

Some news outlets reported Dr. Bice spoke with local school superintendents about this issue. But Bice says that's not true.

In a statement released Wednesday Bice said, "This is NOT my position - these policies are local - all I shared was the reasoning behind our move away from the grad exam and I have had no conversation with anyone regarding the issue."

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  • by CONCERNED INDIVIDUAL Location: ALL OVER ALABAMA on May 30, 2012 at 01:21 PM
    It is sad to see comments coming from some many "PERFECT" people in here. What is wrong with a person standing on the plate and fighting for what he or she believes is wrong? Just remember I am talking about the "Nonperfect" people like myself. My question is: Why is it that we have so many "SMART AND PERFECT" people in Alabama, and we still behind civilization?. If you are a "Smart and Perfect" you may know what I am talking about, because I do not??.
  • by bama mom Location: oz on May 24, 2012 at 02:13 PM
    proud to hear he was able to walk. years ago it didnt matter if you PASSED you still walked with your class you just got a piece of paper stating you completed 12 yrs of school that way nobody knew( privacy people) they still deserve the walk regardless in my eyes.
  • by Charlie Location: Montgomery on May 24, 2012 at 04:58 AM
    The point is, Dr. Bice, you voiced your stance on the Alabama High School Graduation Exam. You said on video that it was "a high stakes test" and should not prevent a student from walking on graduation night. It does not matter whether or not you were talking specifically about Henry County. You did give your opinion!!
  • by Lynnett Location: Headland on May 24, 2012 at 12:05 AM
    I am so glad Dr. Bice has cleared this matter up! Some people, including so-called online news reporters, have mislead the public with Dr. Bice's statement. I heard what Dr. Bice said on the local news channels. He never said that he disagreed with the Henry County school decision. He merely stated that they would be doing away with the graduation exams next year. I, personally, find this entire controversy absolutely absurd! Rules are rules! Aaron Sanders states that he did what he did for others, also. HA! First of all, he did what he did for himself! And what about all of the students that have had to pass this exam to be able to walk? Do you think you helped them? That is why your fellow classmates are somewhat disgusted with what you and your parents have done! I am sure some of your classmates had to take the exam more than once before they passed it. I guess maybe when all else fails, cry baby all the way to court! Shame on your parents,not HHS, for failing you!
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      by Jim on May 25, 2012 at 10:25 AM in reply to Lynnett
      I think that Aaron and his parent did the right thing. Maybe if someone else had taken a stance prior to now, other students would not have been deprived of the once in a life time event. No need for people ranting because Aaraon and his parent fought for what they believed in. I think it is great!
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