education http://apr.org en In Ala., GOP Dictates New Landscape For Education http://apr.org/post/ala-gop-dictates-new-landscape-education <p></p><p></p><p>The Alabama Education Association was once the unquestioned power in the Alabama statehouse. But that's changed since Republicans won a supermajority in the House and Senate in 2010.</p><p>Lawmakers around the country have made significant changes to teacher tenure, expanded charter schools and introduced different versions of voucher programs. But in Alabama, these kinds of changes have been part of a political upheaval not seen in most states.</p> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 02:17:15 +0000 The Associated Press 29340 at http://apr.org In Ala., GOP Dictates New Landscape For Education School Flexibility Bill Headed To Senate For Vote http://apr.org/post/school-flexibility-bill-headed-senate-vote <p>Legislation that would allow city and county school systems to opt out of state education laws could come up for a final vote in the Senate next week.</p><p>A school flexibility bill cleared the House on Feb. 14 and was approved by the Senate Education Committee in a 5-3 vote Wednesday, with Republicans voting yes and Democrats voting no. A spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says the bill is a priority and could come up for a vote as early as Tuesday.</p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley says he's ready to sign whatever version of the bill the Legislature passes.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 01:23:44 +0000 The Associated Press 25338 at http://apr.org School Flexibility Bill Headed To Senate For Vote Fiscal Cliff Settlement Costs Ala. Schools $70 M http://apr.org/post/fiscal-cliff-settlement-costs-ala-schools-70-m <P>Financial experts say the fiscal cliff agreement in Washington will cut funding for Alabama's public schools and colleges by at least $70 million annually.</P> <P>The fiscal cliff settlement affects Alabama differently than most other states. That's because Alabama is one of the few states that provides its citizens with a state income tax deduction for the federal taxes paid. The federal settlement allowed a temporary reduction in payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare to expire. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 23:12:28 +0000 The Associated Press 24772 at http://apr.org Fiscal Cliff Settlement Costs Ala. Schools $70 M 2013 Session Of Alabama Legislature Begins http://apr.org/post/2013-session-alabama-legislature-begins <P>The Alabama Legislature's 2013 regular session has started.</P> <P>Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey started the session in the Senate at noon. Speaker Mike Hubbard gaveled the House into session at 12:10 p.m.</P> <P>The session will last until mid-May. Lawmakers must complete the session in 30 meeting days during 105 calendar days.</P> <P>Major issue facing lawmakers will be balancing the General Fund and education budgets in a year when funds are expected to be tight.</P> <P>Gov. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 23:03:13 +0000 The Associated Press 24422 at http://apr.org 2013 Session Of Alabama Legislature Begins Ala. Officials Considering Free College Courses http://apr.org/post/ala-officials-considering-free-college-courses <P>State officials are considering introducing a bill that would allow high school students to enroll in community college courses for free.</P> <P>Community College System Chancellor Mark Heinrich says he is working with state lawmakers to draft a bill on the issue as early as the 2013 legislative session. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 23:07:46 +0000 The Associated Press 23573 at http://apr.org Ala. Officials Considering Free College Courses Gov. Bentley Forms Career Ready Task Force http://apr.org/post/gov-bentley-forms-career-ready-task-force <P>Gov. Robert Bentley is creating a task force aimed at helping students better prepare for successful careers.</P> <P>The governor signed an executive order Tuesday in Columbiana forming the College and Career Ready Task Force. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:52:44 +0000 The Associated Press 23264 at http://apr.org Gov. Bentley Forms Career Ready Task Force 5 Alabama Schools Named Blue Ribbon Schools http://apr.org/post/5-alabama-schools-named-blue-ribbon-schools State and federal education officials are recognizing five Alabama schools which have been designated Blue Ribbon Schools this year. Officials say the schools earned the distinction based on their overall academic excellence or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels. U.S. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 21:06:00 +0000 The Associated Press 17527 at http://apr.org 5 Alabama Schools Named Blue Ribbon Schools