Senate committee approves Common Core opt-out bill

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The Senate Education Policy committee Wednesday morning approved legislation that would allow local school districts to opt-out of curricula based on Common Core standards, but the leader of the Senate said he doesn’t expect it to pass the chamber. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, would allow local districts to opt out of [...]

Senate approves $5.9 billion Education Trust Fund budget

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The Alabama Senate Thursday voted 21 to 10 to approve a $5.9 billion Education Trust Fund budget that includes funding to hire 250 new middle school teachers, give teachers a one percent bonus and cut $10.8 million from Alabama State University’s budget. The budget now goes to the House of Representatives. In the local delegation, [...]

ASU president Gwendolyn Boyd says she ‘unequivocally did not’ agree to $10 million cut

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The president of Alabama State University said in a statement Thursday that she “unequivocally did not agree” to a proposal to cut university funding nearly 26 percent, a move apparently initiated by the Senate Finance and Taxation Education committee chair. While Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Daphne, said Wednesday that he understood Boyd was “OK” with the [...]

Alabama Legislature’s 2013 session ends: What passed, what didn’t

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The Legislature managed to pass most — but not all — of the major bills in the hopper in the 2013 session.  Below, a wrap-up of the status of bills as the Alabama Legislature consigned the 2013 Regular Session to history on Monday. Budgets: Gov. Robert Bentley quietly signed the Education Trust Fund and General [...]

Legislature approves schools hiring armed security

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Local school officials would be able to hire armed, trained law enforcement officers as school resource officers if Gov. Robert Bentley signs a bill passed by the Legislature on Monday. The Senate agreed to changes made in the Alabama House of Representatives to a bill allowing local school districts to use local funds to hire [...]