Senate Education Policy Committee

Susan DuBose at the podium

Updates to teacher prep bill passes Alabama Senate committee

BY: - May 30, 2023

A bill to loosen alternative teacher certification has made it past the Senate Education Policy committee.  HB342, sponsored by Rep. Susan DuBose, R-Hoover, would require that a teacher preparation program have successful operation in at least five states, without being on probation (this does not apply to traditional two or four-year institutions with state-approved programs); […]

Rep. Pebblin Warren at a podium

First Grade Readiness bill passes Senate Committee

BY: - May 24, 2023

The Alabama Senate Education Policy committee Wednesday approved a bill that would mandate first-grade readiness. The bill, HB 43, sponsored by Rep. Pebblin Warren, D-Tuskegee, would require students to show “first-grade readiness” through completion of kindergarten or an assessment. They can also enroll if they transfer from first grade in another state. “I really started […]

A woman with her arms folded smiles as she speaks to a colleague on the floor of the Alabama House of Representatives.

Charter school, voucher bills debut in Alabama legislative committees

BY: - April 26, 2023

A long-awaited charter school bill appeared in an Alabama House committee Wednesday as two other bills on Alabama school attendance made their debuts.  But only one moved out of committee. SB 202, sponsored by Sen. Larry Stutts, R-Tuscumbia, would give families in public schools $6,900 a year to spend at a different school. “I think […]

Arthur Orr reviewing papers at a podium

Bill would give retired law enforcement working school security more pay

BY: - April 17, 2023

The chair of the Senate Finance and Taxation Education committee has filed a bill that would allow retired law enforcement officers working school security more pay and opportunities. Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, said SB 174 would allow those school resource officers to work at extracurricular events and sporting events without going over the $30,000 pay […]

Six figures of enslaved people are rendered in brass. Three are men; two are women; one is a child. The men wear shirts and overalls; the women dresses and headscarves; the child a dress. Three men and a women are visibly chained to each other. In the foreground, a bearded white man wearing a fedora and holding a gun and a whip looks at the enslaved individuals.

Alabama legislative committees approve two separate history instruction bills

BY: - April 13, 2023

A House and a Senate committee Wednesday separately approved two bills that take sharply divergent approaches to teaching history, particularly on racial issues.  The Senate bill, SB 180, sponsored by Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, requires that history in Alabama be fact-based and inclusive and was approved by the Senate Education Policy Committee. “You go walk […]

Terri Collins, wearing on orange scarf and green suit, sitting at a desk in the Alabama House of Representatives.

Bill requiring college or career readiness passes Senate committee

BY: - April 12, 2023

A bill that would require college or career readiness to graduate an Alabama high school passed a second committee on Wednesday. The Senate Education Policy committee approved HB 109 Wednesday morning after amending the bill to push implementation back a year.  The legislation, sponsored by  Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, would make a college and career […]