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New Report Reveals Alabama’s Path to Best Future Workforce

ReadyNation, a skilled workforce-building organization, this week released a report that highlights the connection between postsecondary education and developing the workforce that Alabama needs now and will in the future. BCA President and CEO William J. Canary has served on the ReadyNation Advisory Board. At the BCA and Alabama Technology …

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School Choice Week in Alabama Draws 1,500 to Capitol

Alabama observed National School Choice Week in Montgomery today with a rally at the Capitol and speeches about the importance of quality schools, including an endorsement of education choices by Business Council of Alabama first Vice Chairman Mike Kemp. “As a business owner in Alabama, it’s imperative that we have …

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Now’s Your Chance to Support Scholarship Funding for Deserving Alabama Children

We are Alabama. We celebrate the success of our industry, businesses and of course our football. However, there are thousands of disadvantaged kids that, despite having big dreams and capabilities, will be excluded from these opportunities. How many more children do we lose from under-education, dropping out, and even bullying? …

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School Choice Video Contest Announced

Today is the day that official submissions for the Choices in Education video contest can begin being submitted nationwide. Results of the video contest sponsored by the Foundation for Excellence in Education will be used to promote how education freedom and opportunities have made a difference in the lives of children and …

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Department of Revenue Issues Favorable Ruling for Tax Credit Scholarship Donors

The Alabama Department of Revenue has cleared up confusion over the tax treatment of donations to scholarship funds for underprivileged children attending failing public schools by ruling this month how those donations interact with estimated-tax penalty rules, according to Business Council of Alabama member Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLC. Many …

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Longitudinal Data System is a Necessary Step to Improve Education

Alabama does not have an education system designed to educate all children. It never has. But, the possibility of laying the foundation for one is closer than ever. A state longitudinal data system (SLDS), while a seemingly confusing policy topic, is a necessary step to creating a well-functioning education system. …

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Business Supports Early Reading and Workforce Programs in K-12 Schools

At a special-called Alabama State Board of Education work session last week, board members reemphasized support for successful early reading and workforce programs in their meeting with state Superintendent of Education Michael Sentance who has been working on a draft reorganization of programs. During the work session, Sentance said he’ll …

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Data System is a Tool for Education Improvement

“Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.” – W. Edwards Deming The Alabama Legislature is considering legislation, HB 97 by Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, and SB 153 by Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, to establish a smart and secure statewide system to measure student achievement over time. Incredibly, in …

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School Choice Week 2017 in Alabama Features Testimonials and a Challenge

Photos by Robert Fouts – online at photofouts.com MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama’s National School Choice Week celebration was held indoors for the first time in Montgomery on Friday, and while the venue protected a lot of toes and fingers from a chilling wind, it still allowed school choice energy to flow from …

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Year-End Tax Planning with Expanded Education Scholarship Tax Credits

The deadline for businesses to donate to scholarship granting organizations and be able to file it on their tax returns for 2016 is just around the corner, Dec. 15. The Alabama Accountability Act provides state income tax credits to certain donors who make contributions to a state-approved scholarship granting organization …

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