Boehm for Birmingham 

Core Issues 

 

1

REVERSE WIDESPREAD ACADEMIC FAILURE

Birmingham SCHOOLS ARe not preparing students for success in college AND THE workPLACE.

  • Only 8.2% of city's 8th graders are proficient in reading and math. 
  • Only 5% of city's 11th graders meet or exceed college readiness benchmarks.
  • Average ACT score for city students is a 15.5... Average for Auburn freshmen is a 26.   

SOLUTION: Start at the beginning. Lead fundraising efforts and secure matching funds to expand the Pre-K program for all 4 year olds, equipping students with a foundation of math and language comprehension. Establish benchmarks at each grade level, and increase the teacher training and resources needed to support student success.  


2

STOP CONSTANT LEADERSHIP CHANGE

With so much superintendent turnover, parents are abandoning city schools by the thousands.

  • 8 superintendents have vacated the job since 2000, leaving us a system with no vision and no plan 
  • Student enrollment has deteriorated by almost 50% since 1998, from 40,000 students to only 23,000 today

SOLUTION:  Galvanize the school board. Build and execute a comprehensive strategic plan that is designed to support a stronger, more productive partnership with the new superintendent with renewed emphasis on community partners.


3

CORRECT SYSTEMIC MISUSE OF FUNDS

BIRMINGHAM CITY SCHOOLS ARE DISTRICT RICH, CLASSROOM POOR

  • BCS near TOP of all state schools districts in money spent on administration
  • BCS near BOTTOM of state school districts in money spent on teachers and classrooms

SOLUTION: Create transparency. Redirect funds away from overpaid administrators and towards underpaid teachers, under-resourced classrooms, and at-risk students.