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The BCA is the state’s most powerful and effective advocate for business at the Alabama Legislature and the U.S. Congress.

Through our political action committee, ProgressPAC, we work hard to help elect candidates who understand the issues of concern to Alabama business. However, it is the member companies that develop and drive BCA’s actions in the legislative arena and at the ballot box, promoting those agendas through the organization’s far-reaching grassroots network and policy committee structure.

Let us know how we can advocate for your business on the matters that mean the most to you. Contact our Intergovernmental Affairs and Advocacy Department, 334-834-6000.

BCA-BEA Sponsored School Choice Rally Draws Thousands To Capitol

Students, educators and legislators participated in the School Choice Week in Alabama rally that drew more than 2,500 people to the Capitol today. Alabama School Choice Rally speakers advocated education choices for parents and their children. At the rally, two legislative leaders promised more school choice under a charter school …

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BCA and BEA Involved in School Choice Week Coalition

The Business Education Alliance of Alabama is part of the coalition that planned the National School Choice Week that is coming to Alabama Wednesday morning with a march from downtown Montgomery to a rally at the Capitol. The rally will feature thousands of parents and educators and State House leaders. …

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Governor Announces High School Graduation Rate Goal is Ahead of Schedule and Coalition of Soft Skills Workplace Training for K-16 Students

Alabama’s goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by the year 2020 is ahead of schedule, officials announced Thursday. Governor Robert Bentley said the 2014 graduation rate was 86 percent, a rate that state School Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice said was not expected until 2018. At a Capitol …

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More rigorous standardized test coming to Alabama

Alabama has adopted more rigorous standardized tests that will bring clarity to the assessment process. While necessary to ensure clarity in our education system, Alabama will more than likely need to prepare for drops in test scores in the next two years. The drops will like come from two policy …

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Help Protect Local Schools by Supporting Amendment 4 On Nov. 4 Statewide Ballots

Please vote for constitutional Amendment 4 on statewide ballots next month and extend unfunded mandate protections to local school boards that local government bodies currently enjoy. The amendment that is on statewide ballots Nov. 4 is an important initiative that was supported by the Business Council of Alabama during the …

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Alabama Attains No. 1 Ranking in AP Exam Score Growth

Alabama has a No. 1 ranking and it isn’t in football but education attainment. The state ranks No. 1 in the percentage of student growth in achieving qualifying scores on math, science, and English Advanced Placement exams, Governor Robert Bentley, A + College Ready, and State School Superintendent Dr. Tommy …

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Dual-Enrollment Tax Credit Is a Win-Win

The Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education’s career-technical dual enrollment program has released its Alabama Future Workforce Initiative Tax Credit Donation Form. Donations will provide eligible high school students an opportunity to enroll in college-level career and technical education courses. Tax credits are available for certain donations beginning Jan. 1, 2015, …

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Obstacles into Opportunities

The Business Education Alliance commissioned a report to assess the goals and strategies of Alabama’s education improvement plan, Plan 2020. The report, Obstacles into Opportunities, prepared by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, with economic modeling by Keivan Deravi, Ph.D., professor of economics at Auburn University at Montgomery, was …

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Dual Enrollment Tax Credit Window Nears

Alabama’s newest income tax credit for businesses and individuals kicks in beginning Jan. 1 and it will be a source of significant funding for dually enrolled high school and two-year college students. The Alabama Future Workforce Initiative Act, which was supported by the Business Council of Alabama in the 2014 …

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Commercial Aviation Training Program Announced at Troy University

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 announced. The program will allow students at Troy University to earn a minor in aviation operations in either fixed-wing or rotary-wing …

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