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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Changes to Alabama Accountability Act Fall Far Short

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Tempers flared in the Alabama Senate today over a substitute to the Alabama Accountability Act. Opponents complained the bill sponsors used procedural rules to limit debate on changes . The substitute passed 21 - 12 and must now go to the House for concurrence. Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, voted yes on the substitute and Sen Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, voted no. Changes  include lowering the threshold for what qualifies as a failing school from 10 to 6 percent in terms of the bottom...

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Alabama business lobby condemns repeal of Common Core

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Alabama's influential business lobby joined education leaders and their advocacy groups today in opposition to a repeal of national education teaching benchmarks  known as Common Core. A bill that would repeal a Common Core is dead this session, but a House and Senate joint resolution condemning the standards has sprung to life. Resolutions are not binding and a resolution like this would give repeal supporters campaign fodder in their upcoming reelection campaigns. In a public hearing...

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Alabama Education budget nears final passage; funding disparities remain between K-12, higher ed

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The $5.7 billion spending plan approved by the Alabama Senate Tuesday night includes a 2 percent raise for education employees, the first pay increase since 2007, and more money for Pre-K programs and transportation. New figures from the Department of Education shows that per-pupil expenditures for Alabama's K-12 program ($5,398 per student) trail that for Alabama higher education ($9,475 per student). State funding for Alabama postsecondary students is $3,844...

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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Senate Committee Makes Changes in Alabama Accountability Law

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Local school systems like Madison City Schools can deny student transfers from failing school districts under the new Alabama Accountability Act under an amendment approved today by a legislative committee.The Madison City Board of Education adopted a policy denying such transfers, citing growth demands of its own. Some interpretations of the AAA law questioned whether local school districts had that authority. The Senate Education Committee, seeking to clarify the law, approved an amendment...

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