BIRMINGHAM – State House Rep. Tracy Estes, R-Winfield, was recently presented with the Legislative Award, as chosen annually by officials with the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB).
The first-term lawmaker was honored by the association at its annual convention on Friday, Dec. 6. The award is designed to recognize a member of the Alabama Legislature for outstanding leadership and advocacy on behalf of public education.
In addition to his vocal support for public education throughout the legislative session, Estes was specifically commended for serving as sponsor of House Bill 506. This bill extended the duration of emergency teacher certificates from one year to two years.
The proposal was supported by various educational organizations in Alabama, including AASB, the Alabama Education Association, School Superintendents of Alabama and Alabama Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey.
“Tracy is no ordinary legislator,’’ said AASB Executive Director Sally Howell Smith in her remarks prior to presenting Estes with the award at the convention. “Even in his freshman year, he is already impacting education.
“If you have met Tracy for as little as 30 seconds, you have learned he is one of the most principled and positive people you could ever meet.
“When he takes on a job, he is going to do it full-bore. Probably surprising to leaders in Montgomery, Tracy was thrilled to have been appointed to the education policy committee in the House. This is not something a freshman legislator typically seeks, but he did this because he wants to be known as the ‘public education lawmaker.’ And I assure you, the number of freshmen lawmakers who could have pulled off this feat is limited. He was able to do this because of his character, and his word has come to mean something in Montgomery. My guess is this will not be the last time Tracy is going to be on this stage to accept an award from AASB.’’
Smith further explained the process Estes followed in directing the emergency certification bill through the House of Representatives. He was even involved in speaking on the bill’s behalf before a Senate committee for approval.
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