Category: Political

The Alabama Department of Education this morning released a list of  78 “failing” schools where parents will be eligible for a state income tax credit to help send their child to a private school. Poor schools and middle schools dominated the list of schools designated as failing under criteria established by the Alabama Accountability Act, a […]

Date: 06/18/13
Category: Political

Alabama teachers, support professionals, and retirees made an excellent case to the 2013 Legislature for a five percent pay raise. There had been no raises since 2007. And two years ago the Legislature hiked employee contributions to the retirement system from five percent to 7.5 percent, costing educators more than $2,600 in income. But the […]

Date: 05/31/13
Category: Political

Families now have the freedom to request transfers or tuition tax credits if their children are zoned for what lawmakers consider failing schools. The Alabama Accountability Act is already shaking things up for public schools and parents, although many questions remain. More…

Date: 05/29/13
Category: Political

Alabama Democrats cried foul when Republicans pushed through a sweeping education law that will create new income tax credits to help some parents pay private school tuition. Because they’re an overwhelming minority in the Legislature, there wasn’t much the Democrats could do. Now, with the session over, leading party figures tell The Decatur Daily (http://bit.ly/17hnl6u […]

Date: 05/28/13
Category: Political

Says they weren’t ‘designed to help private education’ Prattville Progress – Gov. Robert Bentley said Monday morning he was considering changes to the state’s controversial Accountability Act, which extends tax credits to families of children in failing schools for use in non-failing public schools or private ones. Bentley, who signed the Accountability Act on March […]

Date: 05/14/13
Category: Political

The Alabama Legislature voted on Thursday to remove the executive secretary of the Alabama Education Association from the board that oversees the Teachers’ Retirement System in Alabama and replace him with people representing universities. The House approved the bill 61-42 and the Senate voted 17-14 to agree. The bill now goes to Gov. Robert Bentley, […]

Date: 05/10/13
Category: Political

The Alabama Legislature approved a series of changes to the Accountability Act that includes a new definition of failing schools, but not an income limit on who qualifies for the tax credit for students in those schools. The Senate approved the legislation on a vote of 21 to 12. Republican Senators Arthur Orr of Decatur […]

Date: 05/10/13
Category: Political

MONTGOMERY (AP) — In a late night session, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a school safety bill that will allow city and county school systems to hire armed school security officers. The bill by Republican Sen. Dick Brewbaker of Montgomery was crafted in response to the Sandy Hook school shootings. The House approved it […]

Date: 05/10/13
Category: Political

Bloomberg Business Week News MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate late Tuesday approved an education budget that would spend slightly more on schools next year, expand Alabama’s pre-kindergarten program, and pay for a 2 percent raise for K-12 employees. The Senate passed the budget 22-11, with support coming from Republicans and opposition from Democrats. […]

Date: 05/09/13
Category: Political

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) — Private and parochial schools want to make sure Alabama’s new tax credits and scholarships for private school attendance don’t lead to the state government having a role in their operations. J. Robin Mears, executive director Alabama Christian Education Association, said the concept of the new law is sound, but proposed changes […]

Date: 05/07/13
Category: Political