MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - My name is Joey Hutto, I'm a retired Amy Veteran and a single father of three children - including a daughter in the 8th grade. I support Alabama's College and Career Ready Standards, which are based on the Common Core State Standards, and encourage our lawmakers to keep them in Alabama's public schools.
While on active duty, my children had to face moves around the US and across the globe. Today, I am grateful that we live in a state that pushes our children to exceed their self-perceived limitations.
As a parent I have witnessed first-hand how the current standards have made a positive impact. My daughter's 8th grade Algebra 1 class is by far the hardest and most challenging class she has ever faced. She has been pushed to her limits on what she can do and what she comprehends.
In this class my daughter received her first D and it was an eye-opening experience for her. Her struggles have taught her that not everything in life is going to come easy. Sometimes, she will have to work a little harder to meet her own expectations. She stuck with it, sought out help from her teachers and her scores have steadily improved.
Alabama still has a long way to go to move out of the bottom of educational rankings. It will not be easy, and I'm sure there will be many more frustrating nights inside the Hutto home as we work through her assignments. But, I am confident that Alabama's College and Career Ready Standards keep our schools on the right path for our children, and I hope our schools are allowed to keep them in place.