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State Rep. Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City). Alabama News
Lawmaker plans to re-file bill in 2025 banning discussion, instruction on gender identity, sexual orientation after stalling in Senate

Despite failing to receive deliberation in the Senate during the 2024 regular legislative session, State Rep. Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City) fully intends to pursue his legislation banning classroom instruction or discussing gender identity or sexual orientation in public schools next year.

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Legislators begin considering K-12 funding formula changes

Alabama lawmakers began a series of meetings on Tuesday to consider possibly changing how the state funds K-12 public education before the 2025 legislative session begins.

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Ivey signs First Grade Readiness Bill into law

Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed House Bill 113, the First Grade Readiness Bill, into law. 

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House passes ETF supplemental after bashing Senate for killing gambling package – 'This House bows down to the Senate too often'

The Alabama House of Representatives voted on Thursday to approve the Education Trust Fund supplemental appropriations conference substitute, but not before several lawmakers followed a session trend of blasting the Senate for its failure to pass gambling legislation.

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House passes Senate legislation allowing exclusion of disruptive students in public K-12 classrooms

The Alabama House of Representatives passed Senate legislation on Tuesday that would create processes by which students could be excluded from K-12 classrooms.

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Alabama to consider changing K-12 public school funding formula

Alabama lawmakers will study possible changes to how the state funds K-12 public education before the 2025 legislative session begins.

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Senate committee to consider House bill allowing certain illegal immigrants to attend college

The Alabama Senate Education Policy Committee will meet on Wednesday to deliberate a bill that passed the house last week, allowing certain illegal immigrants to attend college.

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House committee advances bill allowing school board to hire chaplains — 'This is about emotional support'

The House Education Policy Committee approved legislation on Wednesday that would allow public schools to employ or accept volunteer chaplains upon approval from a board of education or charter school governing body.  

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Hoover City Schools takes online library system offline to ensure 'books with mature sexual content are removed'

On Thursday, Hoover City Schools announced the online library system, SORA, students use to access books online has been made unavailable while the system conducts an internal audit.

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Phil Williams: The DEI bloodbath

DEI still needs to DIE, and while it remains a battle in other places, I am nonetheless pleased that we are taking the high ground here in the Yellowhammer State.

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Ivey signs school choice bill into law

Gov. Kay Ivey signed the CHOOSE Act, a $100 million educational savings account bill, into law on Thursday morning.

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Ainsworth praises final passage of CHOOSE Act: 'Alabama now ranks high among the nation's leaders in school choice options'

Alabama's Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth (R) released a statement on Wednesday praising the final passage of the "CHOOSE Act," commonly known as the School Choice bill, which has been making its way through the legislature.

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ALGOP chairman John Wahl opposes adding ‘monetary cap’ to school choice bill

The Alabama Republican Party opposes adding a funding cap to the school choice bill currently making its way through the legislature, ALGOP chairman John Wahl said on Monday.

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Ainsworth speaks at Education Freedom Day: 'It's time for Alabama to not be last in the nation — We want to be first in the nation'

Lieutenant Gov. Will Ainsworth spoke to a large crowd of students from Montgomery on Tuesday at the Alabama Policy Institute Educational Freedom Day event on the State House steps.

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Charles Kiplinger: Recreating Alabama’s educational system

Change in educational institutions can be a complex and lengthy process. It requires persistence, collaboration, and a willingness to engage in constructive dialogue with stakeholders.

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Senate approves bill requiring school curricula to be posted online

The Alabama Senate passed legislation requiring public schools to post information about teaching materials and curriculum online on Thursday.

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Gov. Ivey, State Rep. Yarbrough join students at State Capitol to support school choice

Governor Kay Ivey and former and current lawmakers braved the brisk morning temperatures with dozens of local students and parents on Monday to kick off National School Choice Week on the State Capitol steps to push more school choice ahead of the state’s legislative session.

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Conservative think tank accuses Alabama programs and policies of religious discrimination

A new report from the Manhattan Institute details state-level programs that it suggests violate the freedom of religion guaranteed under the First Amendment and named a handful of programs in Alabama.

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Stephanie Holden Smith: Let's start putting students first

Let’s stop funding systems and start empowering parents. Let’s start putting students first. 

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Barry Moore demands answers over undisclosed billions given to American colleges from foreign entities

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) is demanding answers from U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona over unreported billions allegedly given to American universities from foreign entities.

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'Let's go!!!': Ainsworth gears up for school choice legislation in 2024

Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth is ready to tackle the years-long debate over school choice in Alabama during the upcoming legislative session in February 2024.

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Alabama public schools graduation rate falls by nearly 9% in 2023; Improvements made in college readiness, English proficiency

The Alabama State Department of Education received an 83% on its annual report card for the second year in a row, yet the graduate rate decreased by almost 9%. 

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The rest is history: Handley High School teacher digging deep to teach

History class isn’t for everyone. Learning about things that happened thousands of years ago can be quite daunting for those who are more concerned about being present and enjoying life as it is. However, one east Alabama teacher is making learning great again and is going deep with her students … literally.

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Lt. Gov. Ainsworth awards $179 million to K-12 schools

Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth announced on Friday that almost $179 million has been officially awarded to 327 K-12 public schools across the state that submitted applications and demonstrated a need for capital improvements in their facilities.

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John Giles: Who is driving Alabama’s legislative priorities? Not you and me.

If conservatives are running the Alabama government, why are non-conservative issues such as gambling and marijuana front and center in our politics?

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RSA's Bronner: Parents can’t be trusted with school choice voucher programs

Retirement Systems of Alabama CEO David Bronner advocated against education voucher programs in the RSA’s most recent newsletter, suggesting parents receiving vouchers for their children’s education can’t be trusted to spend that money responsibly.

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Samford professor scrubs website, protects social media after being questioned about alleged pro-Hamas remarks

A Samford professor recently protected his tweets and took down his website after being questioned about comments he allegedly made in class defending the actions of Hamas in its recent attacks against Israel.

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