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Tag: EDUCATION

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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?

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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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University of Alabama looking to reduce general education requirements for future students

Students at the University of Alabama (UA) in 2025 might not be spending as much time studying certain core classes, according to a proposed curriculum that will be decided on by November 15.

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Ivey says education 'number one priority' in next term; Vows veto for further delays in Literacy Act third-grade reading requirement

Friday on APTV's "Capitol Journal," Gov. Kay Ivey offered a preview of what to expect in her next term should she be reelected on Tuesday.

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State Sen. Orr credits return to in-person classes for holding ground on NAEP scores, but says still 'a distance to go'

State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) has had his hand in legislation to reform Alabama's education system throughout his tenure in the legislature. Despite some recent progress, he said there is still plenty of room for improvement.

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Stephanie Holden Smith: Alabama’s children and their futures are counting on us

We are asking our children to carry loads that are entirely too heavy for them.

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Marshall County mulls 1-cent sales tax increase for added school funding

While some argued against the tax, almost everyone in attendance agreed on one thing: the Marshall County School System is in dire financial need.

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Stantis: Professional educators with garbage ideas

Parents need to take control of what is being taught in schools and not let the "professionals" fill their kids' minds with a bunch of garbage.

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Amie Beth Shaver: We must take back control of our kids

We will not hand our culture over to queer theorists and gender Marxists. 

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Study: Alabama ranked 17th among states for schools returning to in-person learning post-COVID; Lags behind most GOP-led neighboring states

Trailing all of its neighboring states besides Tennessee, Alabama was ranked the 17th-best at getting kids back in schools from the shutdowns.

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No significant improvement in Alabama’s math scores since 2019, other states all below in rankings

Alabama’s fourth and eighth-grade mathematics scores have lacked improvement since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in its 2022 Nation’s Report Card released on Monday.

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Report: Fewer than 50% of education students pass PRAXIS test on first try in Alabama

With Alabama continually ranking low in education, a recent report by the Alabama Commission on the Evaluation of Services shows the problem may stem from how public universities prepare future teachers for the classroom.

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Escambia County teacher wins $100K award

Turns out there really is a sharpest tool in the shed. And it’s an Escambia County Alabama teacher.

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Stephanie Holden Smith: Educational freedom should mean freedom for every Alabama student

School Choice is a hot button issue in Alabama and nationwide. But what is school choice? More importantly, what is it not, and what should or could it be?

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U.S. Rep. Palmer: Tie federal education funding to protecting parental rights

Friday, House Republicans rolled out their "Commitment to America" plan, part of the basis for voters giving the GOP control of Congress after this year's midterm elections.

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Justin Bogie: Lower taxes, better education are keys to attracting business to Alabama, not incentives

The Alabama Jobs Act is set to expire on July 31, 2023, meaning that economic incentives could be a major topic during next year’s regular legislative session. 

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Diana Crews: Parents need to opt their kids out of Biden's Unity Agenda

We are seeing the government create wars in the minds of our children.

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Stephanie Holden Smith: Will the post-COVID education crisis create a demand for school choice?

Recent results from the National Center for Education Progress show severe learning losses during the pandemic and the (over)response to it.

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Declining student enrollment at Montgomery Public Schools continues

A steady decline in student enrollment at Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) will continue through at least 2024.

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Emma Gibney: API survey reveals lack of transparency in local public schools

Seventy-four percent of school board members who responded to a survey conducted by the Alabama Policy Institute oppose school choice. This is in stark contrast to the overwhelming number of Alabamians, 80%, who desire state-wide school choice expansion.

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Public forum planned for parents to voice issues facing students with disabilities

The Alabama State Department of Education (ASDE) is hosting an online public forum on issues for services offered to students with disabilities.

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Cooperatives emerge as homeschooling option in Alabama

“The co-op kind of helps do all that behind the scenes work and provides the parents with the assignments and the lesson plans and all of that instead of the parent having to figure it out on their own,” said Sarabeth Schneider.

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Jefferson Co. Schools superintendent addresses LGBTQ, Title IX expansion -- 'Very convoluted and cumbersome'

The superintendent of the second-largest school system in Alabama said his school system would follow the law when it comes to policies concerning transgender and non-binary issues. He also said changes were necessary after Title IX expansion.

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Stephanie Holden Smith: See how Alabama school board members responded to API's school board survey

Recently, API began a project to gather information from school board members from across the state in an effort to inform parents and the general public about how elected and appointed school board members felt about issues such as Critical Race Theory, Social Emotional Learning, school choice and education related equity.

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