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Alabama state commission recommends new monetary investments in struggling schools

BY: - December 5, 2023

The state should commit to investments in literacy and math programs; monetary support for struggling schools and incentives for teachers who work in poorer districts, according to a report released Friday.  The report from the Governor’s Commission on Teaching and Learning included information on ways to improve achievement in high poverty schools as a way […]

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Alabama’s higher education enrollment still below pre-pandemic peaks, says state commission

BY: - December 4, 2023

Enrollment in Alabama’s public institutions of higher education is recovering after a sharp decline during the COVID-19 outbreak but hasn’t returned to pre-pandemic levels, according to data released last week by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. According to the preliminary numbers compiled by ACHE, two-year college enrollment in Alabama went from 45,967 in the […]

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Biography of a district: Schools could benefit from more indirect funding

BY: - November 29, 2023

Mark Bazzell, superintendent of Pike County Schools, said that he wants his new congressional representative to have been a teacher, be married to a teacher or to come spend a day in one of his third grade classrooms. “See what it’s like to be a third grade teacher,” he said. Bazzell and other superintendents said […]

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Biography of a district: Infrastructure one of many challenges awaiting next representative

BY: - November 28, 2023

The new 2nd Congressional District, with a Black Voting Age Population (BVAP) of 48.7%, was intended to give Black Alabamians a better chance to choose their leaders. In the end, the new boundary lines for the district did what they are supposed to do — give African Americans more of a voice within the state’s […]

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Does a charter need a new contract to expand? Alabama commission plans to ask feds

BY: - November 27, 2023

The Alabama Public School Charter Commission Monday looked at ways to allow state charter schools to grow following a request from a Birmingham school. i3 Academy, a Birmingham-based charter school, has said they need another building with all of the benefits of a “cost center,” including state allocation, to house ninth grade and later grades […]

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How Russellville City Schools saw a significant jump in reading proficiency

BY: - November 27, 2023

Teachers across Alabama teach students how to decode words every day. In Russellville City Schools, learners excel because of their teachers’ instruction. Under the Literacy Act, fully implemented for the first time this year, students must read on grade level by the end of third grade or risk being retained. The Alabama Reading Initiative awards […]

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Two Alabama Board of Education incumbents not seeking re-election

BY: - November 22, 2023

Two incumbents on the Alabama State Board of Education will not seek re-election next year.  Republicans Stephanie Bell, who represents the 3rd District and has sat on the board for nearly 30 years, and Belinda McRae, the 7th District candidate in her first term in office, are not listed on the ballot next year. Bell, […]

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Cursive makes a comeback — by law — in public schools

BY: - November 17, 2023

This story was originally published on Stateline. In 2016, California Democratic state Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva sat with then-California Gov. Jerry Brown at an event where he signed baseball-type cards featuring the image of his dog, Colusa. But many of the recipients of the cards couldn’t read his cursive signature, Quirk-Silva recalled, much to the Democratic […]

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State: Seven Alabama teacher prep programs improve literacy instruction curriculum

BY: - November 14, 2023

Seven teacher preparatory programs in Alabama have come in compliance with the Alabama Literacy Act a year after being found outside of it, an official told the Alabama State Board of Education Thursday.  The Barksdale Reading Institute, an organization dedicated to improving literacy in Mississippi, found last year that many of Alabama’s teacher preparatory programs […]

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ACCS approves one new president, approves retirement of another

BY: - November 8, 2023

The Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees Wednesday appointed Jonathan Koh the new president of Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa. Koh has worked at the college since 2015, according to the department, and most recently worked as dean of Workforce and Economic Development. “I cannot wait to continue our hard work in the […]

Alabama State Schools Superintendent Eric Mackey speaks with a board member during the board's regular meeting.

Alabama Department of Education wants to give stipends for special ed teachers

BY: - November 8, 2023

Jennifer Church, the lead special education teacher at Pelham Ridge Elementary School in Pelham, knows how much her colleagues do before stepping into a classroom.  “The referral meetings, eligibility meetings, IEP (individualized educational plan) meetings, the parent contacts just to organize all of that,” she said. “Writing the IEPS … providing the services to the […]

A teacher waves to her students as they get off the bus at Carter Traditional Elementary School on January 24, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Alabama Public Charter School Commission may reconsider approval of Wiregrass school

BY: - November 3, 2023

The Alabama Public Charter School Commission may reconsider the approval of a Wiregrass charter school that staff says has not met reporting deadlines on pre-opening conditions. Barnabas School of Leadership, set to open next year in Dothan, received a one-year extension earlier this year. But the school is looking for a new building, said Logan […]