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New Department of Education assessment begins this month

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 …

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

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 Monday. The study conducted by Auburn University at Montgomery for the Alabama Partnership for Children says that early …

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BCA Policy Committees Draft the 2014 Legislative Session Agenda

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. The eight policy committees drafted BCA positions for the legislative session …

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

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. Bice said that the number of Alabama public school students passing math, science, and English AP exams ranked No. 1 among the 50 …

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Supreme Court upholds passage of the Alabama Accountability Act

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 …

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

“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. “But public education is not a system of buildings or employees—it’s a goal, an ideal. Despite …

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Failing school scholarship tax credit schedule released

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. State School Superintendent Tommy Bice today identified …

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

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. Roby, R-Ala., a member of the Committee on Education and …

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

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. The issue has garnered a lot attention in the last few weeks, with the Senate …

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Two-year college chancellor touts workforce opportunities

Alabama’s two-year college system is a willing partner with business and industry for training and educating current and next-generation employees, Alabama Community College System Chancellor Dr. Mark Heinrich told the Business Council of Alabama’s board of directors. Heinrich, speaking Tuesday at the BCA board meeting, said “business and education are …

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