Alabama schools http://apr.org en Several Alabama School Systems To Offer Free Lunch http://apr.org/post/several-alabama-school-systems-offer-free-lunch <p></p><p>Several Alabama school systems will be offering breakfast and lunch free to all students when classes resume in August.</p><p>The state Department of Education says school systems qualifying for the free meals under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act have poverty levels that are 40 percent and higher.</p><p>Systems that have all or nearly all of their schools participating in the program are Montgomery County, Barbour County, Clarke County, Lowndes County, Wilcox County, Selma, Tarrant, Midfield, Chickasaw, Albertville, Dallas County, Macon County, Linden, Bessemer and Anniston.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:19:59 +0000 The Associated Press 55613 at http://apr.org Several Alabama School Systems To Offer Free Lunch Mascots Join Ala. Governor to Promote Colors Day http://apr.org/post/mascots-join-ala-governor-promote-colors-day <p>This is the one day each year where crazy antics and colorful costumes are encouraged at the state Capitol.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Gov. Robert Bentley is being joined Friday by mascots from Alabama's public universities to promote the upcoming College Colors Day. The annual promotional event will take place on the Capitol's south lawn at 3:30 p.m. It always includes the mascots trying out humorous moves that they will use at upcoming football games.<br> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:35:25 +0000 The Associated Press 36552 at http://apr.org Mascots Join Ala. Governor to Promote Colors Day House Says Schools Don't Have to Take Transfers http://apr.org/post/house-says-schools-dont-have-take-transfers <P>The Alabama House passed a bill Tuesday night saying no public or private schools has to accept a student transferring from a failing public school under the new Alabama Accountability Act.</P> <P>The bill by Republican Rep. Jim Carns of Mountain Brook passed 62-40 and now goes to the Senate. Proponents said the bill keeps some systems from being overrun with transfers they can't afford. Wed, 01 May 2013 11:46:44 +0000 The Associated Press 29522 at http://apr.org House Says Schools Don't Have to Take Transfers