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Hello, my name is Suzanne Culbreth and I am an Alabama teacher.

For the last 30 years of my life I have been blessed to teach students in five different districts across our state. I am also a mom and a minister's wife.

As Alabama's Teacher of the Year in 2013, I was honored to meet with teachers from every corner of our state. There is no doubt in my mind that Alabama's teachers want what is best for every student. And, I am convinced that Alabama's College and Career Ready Standards, which include the Common Core State Standards, ARE what is best for our students.

A lot has been said about our standards, but here is the truth….

Our College and Career Ready Standards have been in place for more than a year now.

No one tells me how to teach these standards and our local communities remains in control of our neighborhood schools. Each district in the Alabama continues to choose their textbooks and pieces of literature read in each school. 

In my math classes, gone are the days of asking my students to simply memorize a table in order to pass a test. Today, we are asking them to apply their reasoning skills, to develop number sense, memorize foundational facts, and then apply those to real world situations.

In the English classes of my colleagues, they are asking their students to do more too. But don't worry, the classics like Shakespeare and To Kill a Mockingbird are alive and well.

But don't just take my word for it. Please visit the schools. Talk to your child's teachers.  We have devoted our lives to making our state better by providing for the educational needs of every student.  Like you, we want our children to be prepared for their future, and I believe the College and Career Ready Standards of Alabama do just that!

By Suzanne Culbreth

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