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Sylacauga Educator earns doctorate degree


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Matthew W. Hubbard, Executive Director of Supporting Programs at Sylacauga City Schools, has earned a doctorate in education from Samford University.

His dissertation researched the topic The First Year Fiscal Impact of a School Choice Law on Eight School Systems in the State of Alabama.

Dr. Hubbard’s topic was a quantitative, baseline-comparison study about the fiscal impact of the Alabama Accountability Act in the eight school systems which were directly affected by the 2014 implementation of state law. His research included a study of similar laws in all fifty states.

Dr. Hubbard has been a public school educator for 26 years. He began his career as a science teacher and athletic coach at Buckhorn High School in Madison County, and later taught at Shades Valley High School in Jefferson County. He came to Sylacauga High School in 1997 as a science and physical education teacher and coach. He was named assistant principal of Sylacauga High School in 2004 and served as principal from 2009-2014. In 2014, Dr. Hubbard was named executive director of Supporting Programs with administrative responsibilities for construction, maintenance, school nutrition, technology, and transportation.

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