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WHEREAS, Dr. Ethel H. Hall began serving her first term representing District Four on the Alabama State Board of Education in January 1987, served as Vice President from July 12, 1994, to July 13, 2004, and will complete 24 years in January 2011; and

WHEREAS, on July 13, 2004, the Alabama State Board of Education unanimously bestowed the title of Vice President Emerita upon Dr. Ethel H. Hall; and

WHEREAS, during her 24 years of service on the Alabama State Board of Education, Dr. Ethel H. Hall has dedicated herself to the improvement of education for all students attending public schools in District Four and statewide, and her service over the years reflects her undying resolve to improving education for all; and

WHEREAS, during Dr. Ethel H. Hall’s distinguished tenure on the Alabama State Board of Education, Alabama public schools have benefitted from the creation and implementation of new standards to improve teacher education programs, Character Education, the Alabama Reading Initiative; the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative; ACCESS - Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, and Students Statewide; the Alabama Learning Exchange, or ALEX; the expansion of Advanced Placement courses to every high school in the state through distance learning; Annual Report Cards; Teacher Education Report Cards; the Educational Ruler; Principal and Superintendent Leadership Academies; Torchbearer Schools; Graduation Coaches; FIRST CHOICE; and the adoption of the Common Core State Standards; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Ethel H. Hall has been a supporter of the Alabama Teacher of the Year Program serving as a district and state-level judge and has represented the State Board as a delegate to state and national conferences; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Ethel H. Hall, a former public school teacher and college professor, is the recipient of well over 200 distinguished awards, and has been recognized for her life’s work by statesmen, classroom teachers, celebrities, and fellow State Board members; and

WHEREAS, among her many leadership roles, community involvements, and honors, Dr. Ethel H. Hall is an alumnus of Leadership Birmingham and Leadership Alabama; is President of the Board of Directors President of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute; was awarded the title of Associate Professor Emerita by The University of Alabama Board of Trustees for outstanding contributions to teaching, research and service; was named by the Birmingham Business Journal as One of the Top Ten Women Making a Difference; received the NASBE Distinguished Service Award, the Peggy Spain McDonald Community Service Award, and the Mildred Bell Johnson Cahaba Girl Scout Council Award and on December 2, 2010, was included on the first AT & T African American History Calendar; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Ethel H. Hall, a trailblazing pioneer in Alabama education who has dedicated her entire life to the field of education, recently penned her autobiography My Journey: A Memoir of the First African-American to Preside Over the Alabama Board of Education:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Education do hereby proudly and publicly express their deepest gratitude to Dr. Ethel H. Hall for her unselfish service and commitment to public education and her professionalism during nearly a quarter of a century on the Alabama State Board of Education, and for bringing public education in Alabama into the new millennium; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we do hereby thank Dr. Ethel H. Hall for her service to the schools, students, educators, and parents in the state of Alabama and for her advocacy of high standards, accountability, and overall elevation of the statewide mission of improving public education.

Done this 9th day of December 2010