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 [...]

Gov. Robert Bentley signs education, General Fund budgets

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Gov. Robert Bentley quietly signed the state’s two budgets into law Monday, budgets that include a two percent pay raise for teachers but no equivalent increase for state employees. Besides the raise, the $5.765 billion Education Trust Fund budget includes a relatively small $3.9 million increase for the two-year college system, an extra $1.5 million [...]

AEA chief would be removed from TRS board under legislation

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A House committee Wednesday approved legislation that would add two representatives of four-year colleges to the Board of Control of the Teachers’ Retirement System, while removing AEA executive secretary Henry Mabry and an elected support personnel representative. Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, the sponsor of the bill, said representatives of four-year colleges needed seats on a [...]

Teacher pay raise, education budget approved by House committee

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A House committee Tuesday afternoon approved a $5.7 billion Education Trust Fund budget that includes a two percent raise for teachers and support personnel, liability insurance for teachers and about $12 million more for voluntary pre-kindergarten programs. The House Ways and Means Education committee approved the budget on a 9 to 3 vote that fell [...]