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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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Policy Makers, Officials, and Advocates Joined Together in Examining Education And Workforce Development

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Business Council of Alabama’s Pathways to Policy Summit on Alabama’s Future held recently at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel spotlighted education and workforce development challenges and opportunities. Speakers at Pathways to Improving Education and Workforce Development included education, workforce, and legislative leaders along …

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Two-Year College System Announces New Workforce Development Program Senior Executive Director

Acting Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker on Wednesday introduced Jeff Lynn as the system’s Senior Executive Director of Workforce and Economic Development. Lynn began working in Alabama on Oct. 3 with businesses, industries, economic development organizations, and communities to ensure that students, adults, and current employees receive the …

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Business Education Alliance of Alabama Reports Cited in Award Competition

Reports on education performance and improvement that were commissioned and funded by the Business Education Alliance of Alabama helped earn Governmental Research Association national recognition at the GRA’s annual conference in Pittsburgh. The award announced Tuesday recognized studies by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, including two that were commissioned …

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Choosing Alabama’s Next State Superintendent

By William J. Canary, president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama and Joe Morton, Ph.D., Chairman and President of the Business Education Alliance of Alabama Whether it’s becoming a doctor, teacher, lawyer, pipefitter, welder, or automobile assembler, education is the key to filling tomorrow’s jobs. We support the State Board …

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Student Data Bill Will Show Us What Is Working In Education

House Education Policy Committee Chair Terri Collins today said that Alabama needs a student performance measuring tool known as a longitudinal data system that will greatly aid the evaluation of how well students are doing from early schooling to their first jobs. Collins, R-Decatur, has sponsored HB 125. It would …

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Second School Choice Rally Draws Hundreds of Students, Parents, Educators, and Business Leaders

National School Choice Week observed today at the Alabama Capitol drew students, parents, educators, and business leaders for a lively and informative assembly. The Alabama School Choice Coalition rally included student cheerleaders and dance music to help observe National School Choice Week that was supported by the Business Council of …

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BCA Coalition Receives Prestigious Award for Charter School Law Passage

The Business Council of Alabama and its partners who were behind successful passage of Alabama’s first public charter school law received an award from the Policy Innovators in Education Network recently in Arizona. Alabama’s public charter school law was voted as the 2015 Game Changer of the Year at the …

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BCA President and CEO, Parents, Teachers, Military, Support Modern Standards

Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary today joined teachers, parents, and military families in support of the Alabama College and Career-Ready Standards. The Alabama College and Career-Ready Standards are under assault by SB 101 that would repeal them and replace them standards from the 1990s. At …

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