Riley Tax Plan Gets New Support

The A Plus Education Foundation has thrown its support behind Governor Bob Riley's tax and accountability plan. On Thursday, Chairman Bill Smith called it "a solid first step in building a bright future for Alabama's school children."

Smith and A-Plus President Caroline Novak singled out the accountability measures, such as offering a five-thousand dollar bonus to principals and central office administrators who give up the job protection of tenure and switch to performance-based contracts.

All new administrators would be hired on performance contracts. The plan also calls for raising administrators' salaries to the Southeastern regional average by 2005.

Smith and Novak praised Riley's plan would provide more money for successful education programs, such as the Alabama Reading Initiative. Novak is also a leader of the Alabama Partnership for Progress, a group running ads in support of Riley's plan.

Alabama Associated Press