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Jackson County First Friday Focuses On Education

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Cottondale High School teachers Tammie Newsome and Heather Braxton discussed common core standards. "We're having to back off, and say we need you to come up with something, and talk about what you came up with," explains Newsome. "Why can this be right, why can this be wrong, and what can we do to correct it."

Cheryl  McDaniel Director of Early Childhood Education and talked about an another issue facing teachers not just in Jackson county but all over the state. McDaniels says this last year was the first year that 50 percent of teachers evaluation results were based on student performance. "On the surface, that seems like an easy thing to do." However, McDaniel says that's a challenge trying to evaluate every teacher the same.

"For our twelfth grade teachers, they said well you can use their final exams, so that teacher is getting to develop their assessment that their evaluation will be based on, and yet you have an 8th grade Language Arts teacher that is being assessed with FCAT," says McDaniel.

Wrapping up the program, Superintendent Lee Miller introduced incoming Superintendent Steve Benton.

Benton is a Jackson county native who worked as a teacher and administrator for Jackson county schools for 33 years before working the last 8 years in Alabama.

"Teaching elementary school here in our county and coaching and administrating, I just wanted to finish out my years making a difference, and I feel like I can make a difference," says Benton.

Benton will be sworn in as Jackson County Schools Superintendent on November 20th.