charter schools http://apr.org en AEA Rally Draws Big Crowd In Montgomery http://apr.org/post/aea-rally-draws-big-crowd-montgomery <P>Several hundred members of the Alabama Education Association filled the Capitol steps to push for better working conditions and the repeal of new state tax credits for private school students.</P> <P>The rally Tuesday was one of the biggest by any group during this year's legislative session.</P> <P>Incoming AEA president Anita Gibson says the school employees took off from their jobs to try to preserve their profession. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 22:26:07 +0000 The Associated Press 28222 at http://apr.org AEA Rally Draws Big Crowd In Montgomery Panel Oks Bill To Give Ala. Schools Flexibility http://apr.org/post/panel-oks-bill-give-ala-schools-flexibility <P>The Alabama House Education Policy Committee has approved a bill to give local school systems the ability to waive certain regulations or requirements.</P> <P>The committee voted Wednesday afternoon in favor of the measure by Rep. Chad Fincher, R- Semmes.</P> <P>Supporters, including state schools Superintendent Tommy Bice, told lawmakers that research has shown reducing rules and regulations can increase creativity in the classroom. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 23:03:26 +0000 The Associated Press 24494 at http://apr.org Panel Oks Bill To Give Ala. Schools Flexibility Ala. Governor Won't Try Charter Schools Again http://apr.org/post/ala-governor-wont-try-charter-schools-again <P>Gov. Robert Bentley says he doesn't plan to propose the legalization of charter schools again in the 2013 session of the Legislature.</P> <P>The Republican governor proposed charter school legislation in the 2012 session, but the state teachers' organization, the Alabama Education Association, secured enough votes to stop it.</P> <P>Bentley told the Birmingham Business Alliance on Tuesday that he's looking at other options for families with children in failing schools. He said he's considering awarding grants to failing schools that come up with improvement plans. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 23:08:50 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20669 at http://apr.org Ala. Governor Won't Try Charter Schools Again