BCA Blog

Commercial Aviation Training Program Announced at Troy University

Administrator - Thursday, May 15, 2014

Troy University, the city of Troy, and Mauna Loa Helicopters have agreed to create a training program for commercial aviators at N. Kenneth Campbell Field in Troy, the university announcedread more

New Department of Education assessment begins this month

Administrator - Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Alabama State Department of Education has announced a new measure of student assessment -“ACT Aspire” - which will begin on April 28. As part of PLAN 2020, the State Board of Education adopted ACT Aspire to test student progress of Grades 3-8 and will make Alabama the first to implement this program. read more

Early child care has $1 billion economic impact and long-lasting business benefits

Administrator - Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Alabama's early child care and education might be a $1 billion industry that creates 25,000 jobs but it has far-reaching effects on business, families, and society, according to a new study released Mondayread more

BCA Policy Committees Draft the 2014 Legislative Session Agenda

Administrator - Friday, November 08, 2013

Business Council of Alabama policy committee members drafted the BCA’s legislative agenda for the 2014 legislative session during the 2013 Committee Leadership Days conference at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, covering issues from education to small businesses to taxes. read more

Alabama Ranks No. 1 in Math, Science, and English Advanced Placement Score Increases

Administrator - Thursday, September 26, 2013

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tommy Bice said Wednesday that Alabama ranks No. 1 in percentage score increases in Advanced Placement exams over the last five years. read more

Supreme Court upholds passage of the Alabama Accountability Act

Administrator - Friday, September 20, 2013

The Alabama Supreme Court today unanimously threw out a lawsuit filed earlier this year over the way the Legislature passed the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 that allows flexible school rules and income tax credits for families of students transferring from certain failing schools in order to attend other public or private schools. read more

Alabama Accountability Act's parental choice is an extension of the civil rights movement (Opinion article from the Rev. H.K. Matthews)

Administrator - Monday, August 26, 2013

"The public schools deserve our greatest respect, and not just for their heroic efforts to educate our children. It was, for many years, one of the few ladders of economic opportunity for African Americans. read more

Failing school scholarship tax credit schedule released

Administrator - Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The State Department of Education and the Department of Revenue today announced administrative steps toward complying with the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 that allows student transfers from failing schools and creates tax credits for parents and for individual and corporate scholarship contributions. read more

State leaders including Rep. Roby, agree with the BCA on control of education standards

Administrator - Monday, June 10, 2013

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby who introduced the “Defense of State Authority Over Education Act” in May said that its language is part of an overall education bill sponsored by the chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. read more

Common Core Repeal Effort Dies Again, This Time in the House

Administrator - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The K-12 subcommittee of the House Education Policy Committee met on Wednesday afternoon where Rep. Jim Barton, R-Mobile, asked committee members to approve HB 254, a repeal of the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards.  read more