Alabama Senator Gerald Allen http://apr.org en Bill Says Schools Can Teach Christmas, Hanukkah http://apr.org/post/bill-says-schools-can-teach-christmas-hanukkah <p></p><p>The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that the sponsor says will keep education about Christmas and Hanukkah in public schools.</p><p>The Senate voted 22-7 Thursday for the bill by Republican Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa. His bill now goes to the House for consideration.</p><p>Allen's bill allows schools to educate students about the history of traditional winter celebrations and allows student and staff to exchange traditional greetings.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:25:49 +0000 The Associated Press 46778 at http://apr.org Bill Says Schools Can Teach Christmas, Hanukkah Lawmaker Seeks to Shutter Education Foundation http://apr.org/post/lawmaker-seeks-shutter-education-foundation <p>An Alabama lawmaker says he aims to shut down a little-known education foundation that may have brought in less money than the state's school system spent running it.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; State Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, has pre-filed a bill that would disband the Foundation for Local Schools.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The Anniston Star reports (http://bit.ly/162tY7S) that the foundation is a nonprofit set up by the Legislature to accept donations from wealthy people and corporations interested in setting up trusts to help fund public education.<br> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:34:14 +0000 The Associated Press 35076 at http://apr.org Lawmaker Seeks to Shutter Education Foundation