Alabama Accountability Act changes approved by House committee

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The House Education Policy committee Wednesday approved several changes to the Alabama Accountability Act, the controversial 2013 bill allowing students in failing schools to claim tax credits for use toward private school tuition. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Chad Fincher, R-Semmes, lifts the individual tax credit cap on contributions made to scholarship granting organizations and [...]

AEA jumps into House District 74 fight with flier critical of Charlotte Meadows

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The Alabama Education Association has jumped into the upcoming election for House District 74, with a flier criticizing GOP candidate Charlotte Meadows for her support of the Alabama Accountability Act. The flier, sent out by Alabama Voice of Teachers for Education, AEA’s political action committee, notes Meadows’ position with StudentsFirst Alabama and says Meadows, a [...]

Top AEA official: Accountability act ill-conceived and illegally enacted

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The second in charge at the Alabama Education Association said on Thursday that the Alabama Accountability Act passed by the Alabama Legislature was ill-conceived and illegally enacted. Gregory Graves, associate executive secretary for the AEA, also questioned the responsibility of lawmakers setting aside $40 million in public money to help some students go to select [...]

AEA sues over Accountability Act

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Those opposed to the controversial Alabama Accountability Act are making another attempt to have the law derailed and ruled unconstitutional. Attorneys for the Alabama Education Association have filed a state lawsuit on behalf of Democratic state Sen. Quinton Ross of Montgomery, Lowndes County Superintendent Daniel Boyd, and Anita Gibson, a public school teacher who is [...]

Local lawmaker announces run for his last term

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State Rep. Paul Beckman, who stunned some observers in 2010 when he unseated veteran lawmaker Mac Gipson, said he is running for his second and final term in 2014. Beckman, R-Prattville, said he has pushed and will continue to push legislation that would limit the number of terms a lawmaker can serve, but would impose [...]