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, [...]

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 [...]

Modest change to Accountability Act approved; larger ones may be coming

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  With Senate Republicans still arguing over more sweeping changes, a Senate committee Tuesday approved a relatively modest alteration to the controversial Alabama Accountability Act. The bill – approved by the House on April 30 — includes language saying school districts would not be required to accept students from failing schools who qualify for tax [...]

Accountability Act changes pass Senate committee

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  A Senate committee approved changes to the controversial Alabama Accountability Act Wednesday, with the same controversy that’s followed the bill spilling over into arguments on the Senate’s Education Policy committee. If passed, the substitute would change some definitions of what constitutes a failing school, while making it clear that students zoned for failing schools [...]