New Kay Ivey Ad Highlights Education Initiatives

By: CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey’s campaign on Thursday released its first TV ad for the general election highlighting Ivey’s past experience as a teacher and touting her commitment to improving Alabama schools.

The ad shows Ivey in a classroom discussing how her experience as a former teacher allows her to understand how important well-funded schools and programs are to student success.

The ad talks about the “Strong Start, Strong Finish” campaign she launched to integrate Alabama’s early childhood education with workforce development that received “record funding for pre-k education.”

Ivey also highlights the economic success she has presided over as governor and connects it back to education.

“We’re focused on workforce preparedness because we’re creating record jobs,” Ivey says. “That means we have to teach students today to be ready for the jobs of tomorrow.”

At the end of the ad, Ivey turns to the little girl standing with her in the ad and asks, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”

“I want your job,” says the little girl, in a way that isn’t as menacing as it might read.

“You’ve got my vote,” Ivey responds back.

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