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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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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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Survey: ACA rollout is unhealthy for manufacturers.

Skyrocketing health care costs and the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act are potentially unhealthy for manufacturers in the United States, a new survey by the National Association of Manufacturers/Industry Week reveals. The top business challenge for manufacturers in the United States is the increase in health care costs, …

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BCA-Endorsed Free Webinar on Diabetes is Scheduled for Wednesday Afternoon

A leader in diabetes care and a health plan company have scheduled a free webinar Wednesday to discuss with employers and interested parties the prevalence and cost of diabetes, screening and prevention programs, and patient and stakeholder resources. The presentation by Norvo Nordisk and Medicaid Health Plans of America is …

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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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