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Virtual teachers prepare for year of online education
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Aug 3, 8:11 AM:

Teachers have been logging on for training sessions for the past week, going over curricula and making sure everything is ready for the start of the school year. The only thing that's different is they are not in a school >

School choice debate in Alabama continues ahead of school year
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Jul 26, 8:51 AM:

As Tennessee becomes the latest state to implement a school voucher program, some state officials say it’s time for Alabama to do the same. LEAD Academy in Montgomery is one of Alabama’s 13 charter schools set to open its doors in >

Alabama school choice advocates encouraged by SCOTUS ruling
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Jun 29, 2:59 PM: School choice advocates in Alabama say they are encouraged by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on private and religious schools and state funding.
House to consider expansion of Alabama Accountability Act scholarship tax credits
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Mar 18, 5:39 AM: Earlier this legislative session, a bill sponsored by State Sen. Del Marsh (R-Anniston) to create education savings accounts to follow students to the schools of their parents’ choice failed to gain traction in the >
Alabama’s ‘Ultimate School Choice’ Bill Gets Complicated When Considering Race and Poverty
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Mar 10, 8:46 AM: The Parents’ Choice Act is outgoing Republican Sen. Del Marsh’s Hail Mary for education reform. SB140 has been dubbed the “ultimate school choice” bill because it would give participating parents $5,600 per kid in state money >
Alabama schools investing $434M in COVID aid on athletic complexes, weight rooms, ‘zen rooms’
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Mar 4, 9:51 AM:

Alabama schools plan to invest more in facilities with the final round of federal COVID relief funding than in any other category of spending.

Alabama lawmakers working to improve math skills in elementary schools, but some teachers not on board with new bill
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Mar 4, 6:43 AM: The bill would give more resources to students in K-5th grade to help with low math scores, but officials with the teachers union said the bill is unfair to administrators.
Bill would allow for-profit training for Alabama teachers, cut certificate time
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Mar 1, 9:20 AM: Alabama lawmakers are considering new ways to make it easier to become a teacher with hopes of easing teacher shortages in some areas of the state.
Lawmakers call bipartisan group as Alabama school choice bill stalls
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Feb 28, 6:56 AM: Alabama lawmakers on Wednesday held the first of what they say will be a series of meetings to discuss how to improve the state’s public schools, including expanding school choice and consideration of how the state funds its >
School choice proposal goes to study group
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Feb 22, 7:05 AM: A school choice bill that could give parents $5,500 in state funds to send a child to private school is headed to a study group for negotiations after opposition from some education organizations and lawmakers.
Controversial school choice bill hits rocky road in the Alabama Legislature
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Feb 18, 7:19 AM: Alabama legislative leaders will send a controversial school choice bill to a study commission, a sign of the difficulties it faces in an election-year session.
School choice supporters rally for bill
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Feb 16, 9:10 AM: The steps of the Alabama State House on Tuesday looked a bit like a classroom as students from private, charter and homeschools and their parents and teachers rallied for more school choice options.
Alabama school choice bill runs into surprising opposition – homeschool parents
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Feb 15, 9:57 AM: Architects of legislation that would allow parents to opt out of the public school system and take their tax dollars with them has run into a surprising group of opponents – homeschool parents.
Nearly a quarter of students enrolling in AL colleges need remedial classes
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Feb 14, 9:58 AM: Not everyone who gets into college is prepared for college-level math or English classes. According to the latest data from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, 24% of students enrolling in a public Alabama college or >
Alabama lawmakers spend $772 million in five days, but can’t empower parents to improve education
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Feb 10, 10:11 AM: Alabama’s public education has been among the worst in the nation for decades. Successfully changing that reality has proven elusive for lawmakers. Democrats blame Republicans for inadequate funding. Republicans blame Democrats for >
Alabama education savings account ‘Parent’s Choice’ bill advances from committee
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Feb 3, 10:03 AM: A bill to give Alabama state funding to an individual family’s public, private or homeschool option of choice advanced from the Senate Education Policy committee Wednesday on a voice vote recorded as five yeses, three no’s and two >
Alabama lawmakers eye creation of ‘ultimate’ parent choice, education savings legislation
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Feb 1, 6:57 AM: Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, on Tuesday will file what he calls the “ultimate” school choice bill. The proposed bill would allow parents to access money that the state would have used to pay for their child’s public education – >
Charter school enrollment increases in Alabama as experts debate long-term impact
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Jan 31, 8:54 AM: In Montgomery, many politicians are again backing policies that might expand publicly-funded school options and so-called parental choice options for families, after an open enrollment expansion failed last year. Gov. Kay Ivey >
An LGBT-Friendly Charter School in the Heart of Alabama Shows the Power and Flexibility of School Choice
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Jan 31, 6:42 AM: Homewood in Alabama is a suburb of Birmingham that offers excellent examples of charter schools reaching students struggling to succeed in traditional public schools.
Marsh bringing ‘mother of all school choice bills’
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Jan 31, 6:09 AM: State Sen. Del Marsh said he’s filing “the mother of all school choice bills” and expects it to get approval in its first committee on Wednesday.

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