How does Alabama choose textbooks? Slowly

BY: - May 23, 2023

Alabama may be a conservative state. But conservative activists still insist the textbooks here are too left-wing.  Earlier this year, the State Board of Education approved English Language Arts textbooks for kindergarten through third grade after a public hearing where critics suggested the books had too much Black history and multicultural stories.  These books had […]

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Ivey forces Early Childhood Education Secretary to resign over teacher training book

BY: - April 21, 2023

Gov. Kay Ivey Friday forced Secretary of Early Childhood Education Barbara Cooper to resign over a book designed to train teachers to be aware of the different backgrounds and challenges of their students. In a Friday afternoon news release, Gina Maiola, communications director for the governor’s office, said Ivey had accepted Cooper’s resignation after learning […]

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Alabama State Board of Education approves K-3 reading textbooks after yearlong delay

BY: - March 9, 2023

The Alabama State Board of Education Thursday approved a list of textbooks for reading instruction following a public comment period that included comments about demons and Norse gods in wedding dresses.  The 7 to 1 approval came after a yearlong delay over what board members and Alabama State Department of Education officials described as concerns […]