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After uproar, Bentley says many schools doing a ‘great’ job

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A day after bluntly saying Alabama’s education system “sucks,” Gov. Robert Bentley released a video message saying he knows there are “amazing things going on inside our classrooms every day.”


The governor in the three-minute video released Thursday night, did not directly apologize for, or mention, his controversial remarks that had teachers in an uproar. Bentley said he knows many schools are doing “a great job and you are making great strides.”

However, Bentley also didn’t back off his criticisms. Bentley said the state has to face “reality” about test scores that rank in the bottom of the nation.

The governor in a Wednesday speech to the Alabama Association of Regional Councils gave a blunt assessment that, “Our education system in this state sucks” as he discussed low test scores.