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State Sen. Stutts: Senate voting on school choice ‘hopefully’ Tuesday

The Alabama Senate will “hopefully” vote on the PRICE Act on Tuesday, according to State Sen. Larry Stutts (R-Tuscumbia).

Hourglass Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Is government picking winners and losers when it comes to hourly employees?

I’m not advocating for a $15 minimum wage statewide. But I do wonder why the discussed proposal is for government employees — who are part of a powerful lobby — when too little is being done to support the private sector.

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School choice legislation passes Senate committee with amendment capping expenditures

The Parental Rights in Children’s Education Act passed committee on Wednesday after receiving its second public hearing in a Senate committee.

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Judge upholds Guntersville School Board’s decision to fire elementary teacher over foot-licking incidents

Judge Phillip Wood issued a ruling affirming the decision made by Guntersville City Schools Board of Education’s decision to terminate former elementary teacher Natalie Bunch after a student licked her foot on multiple occasions.

PRICE Act Alabama News
'Stalling tactics': School choice bill recommitted to different committee after public hearing

The Parental Rights in Children's Education Act, which would offer comprehensive school choice in Alabama, was sent to another Senate committee after receiving a public hearing in the Senate Education Committee.

Statehouse Alabama News
Poll: Strong majority of Alabama voters want school choice

The majority of Alabama voters want school choice, according to a recent poll by the Alabama Republican Party.

Kay Ivey Alabama News
Ivey calls for expanding Pre-K in Alabama — 'Success in classrooms starts with the youngest of learners'

Governor Kay Ivey called for expanding Alabama’s Pre-K program on Monday.

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Mobile County GOP backs recently filed school choice bill — 'This can, and should, be our legacy'

The Mobile County Republican Party has officially endorsed the recently filed full school choice bill in the Alabama Legislature.

Elmore County High School Alabama News
Elmore GOP calls on local delegation to amend bill that would allow Elmore County School board to appoint superintendent

The Elmore County Republican Executive Committee is requesting an amendment to an introduced bill allowing the Elmore County Board of Education to appoint the Superintendent of Education.

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House Speaker Ledbetter skeptical of full school choice in Alabama — 'We've got to be mindful of the budgeting process'

Full school choice in 2023 seems to be a shaky option for Alabama lawmakers, according to House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) and Senate Pro Tem. Greg Reed (R-Jasper).

Autauga County Superintendent Tim Tidmore. Alabama News
Embattled Autauga County Superintendent Tim Tidmore steps down

Autauga County Board of Education Superintendent Tim Tidmore has announced his retirement from the position, taking the position of Assistant Superintendent effective immediately.

Ron DeSantis Alabama News
DeSantis expands school choice as Alabamians await action by the legislature

Students in Florida this week gained virtually unlimited access to school choice.

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Baldwin County, Montgomery Public and Tuscaloosa City school systems suing social media platforms for mental harm to children

Due to the impact of social media on children, some Alabama school systems claim they need money for support and training, according to a new lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles.

AEA Alabama News
Stantis: The AEA is spoiling Alabama's educational freedom

Amid a push for school choice, the Alabama Education Association continues to throw money at members of the Alabama Legislature.

Michele Collier instructs Connie Reeves from the Central Office (left) and Janet Brantley from Flomaton Elementary (right) Alabama News
Complete transparency coming to Escambia County Schools

More than ever, parents want to know exactly what’s going on in their child’s school.

Autauga County Superintendent Tim Tidmore. Alabama News
Autauga County parents denied opportunity to speak at school board meeting after Prattville High, Junior High incidents

Parents and concerned citizens came to an Autauga County Board of Education meeting to have their concerns heard, only to be herded outside as the board called in an executive session.

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Prattville High School parents not notified after student allegedly performed lewd sexual act in classroom during class

A Prattville High School student allegedly began performing a sexual act on himself in the middle of English class and was allowed to continue for nearly 10 minutes before staff intervened.

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Lt. Gov. Ainsworth continues push for school choice over the weekend — 'I'm all in!'

Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth continues to push for school choice as the March legislative session creeps closer.   

Ivey121 Alabama News
Ivey says charter school part of education push — 'I will take the lead and work with the legislators to make it reality'

During a wide-ranging interview on this week's broadcast of Alabama Public Television's "Capitol Journal," Gov. Kay Ivey elaborated on her pledge to consider school choice options she made during last week's inauguration.

Sessions Alabama News
State Sen. Sessions: 'I believe we need to get back to some discipline — I think that is a huge problem in our education system'

State-level elected officials have vowed to make improving Alabama's public education a priority in 2023. However, specifics have not been forthcoming as of yet. State Sen. David Sessions (R-Grand Bay) said he would like to see "discipline" return to the classroom.

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Alabama gets 'D' grade for parental power in education

Alabama ranks 25th for the amount of power parents have over their children’s education, according to a recent study by the Center for Education Reform. 

Gulf Shores City Schools Alabama News
Gulf Shores City Schools leaders give State of the Schools address, touting top 10 ranking in first two years of operation

The goal is to “make waves,” and if that’s possible for a school system, the Gulf Shores City Schools system has reached that goal. With only three years under its belt, the system is well on its way to being the best in Alabama.

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Justin Bogie: With billions of federal education dollars unspent, why does the Alabama Department of Education continue to ask for more?

If there was truly an “emergency” and the funds were needed immediately to allow schools to continue to operate, why does so much of it remain unspent over two years later?

Collins510 Alabama News
House Education Policy chair Terri Collins: Legislature to focus on school funding, improving teacher training

Education continues to be the professed legislative priority for those in Alabama politics, including Gov. Kay Ivey and Republican House Speaker nominee Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville).

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Educational insanity: What the 2022 NAEP scores actually tell Alabamians

What if I told you Alabama’s eighth-grade reading and math scores are either worse or the same than they were more than two decades ago? 

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Former Athens teacher accused of sexually engaging with student marries student, asks for contact restrictions to be lifted

Former teacher Thomas Blake Tucker was arrested in September and charged with engaging in a sex act with a student. According to reports, Tucker is now married to that student and asking the court to lift any restrictions on their contact.

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Alabama Board of Education adds college, career readiness options in 2028

Alabama State Board of Education members voted to add certain college and career readiness requirements Thursday as a prerequisite to graduate from Alabama high schools starting in 2028.

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