Southern Poverty Law Center http://apr.org en Complaints Lead to New Student Enrollment Forms http://apr.org/post/complaints-lead-new-student-enrollment-forms <p><font color="red">Alabama's</font> school superintendent is telling all <font color="red">Alabama</font> public school systems to start using a new student enrollment process that makes clear a Social Security number or birth certificate is not necessary for enrollment.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:29:51 +0000 Associated Press 55565 at http://apr.org Complaints Lead to New Student Enrollment Forms Law Center Appeals Accountability Act Ruling http://apr.org/post/law-center-appeals-accountability-act-ruling <p>The Southern Poverty Law Center is taking its legal challenge of the <font color="red">Alabama</font> Accountability Act to a federal appeals court.</p><p>The Montgomery-based group has asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a federal judge's decision rejecting the law center's challenge of the state law.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:21:25 +0000 Associated Press 54108 at http://apr.org Law Center Appeals Accountability Act Ruling Groups Sue Over Alabama Prison Conditions http://apr.org/post/groups-sue-over-alabama-prison-conditions <p></p><p>Two advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit against the Alabama prison system, claiming the state is failing to provide basic medical and mental health care to inmates.</p><p>Attorney Maria Morris of the Southern Poverty Law Center says a lack of adequate medical care is causing inmate suffering and even deaths.</p><p>The SPLC and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Center filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Montgomery on behalf of about 40 inmates.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:29:07 +0000 The Associated Press 54086 at http://apr.org Groups Sue Over Alabama Prison Conditions Corrections Leader Refutes Claims In SPLC Report http://apr.org/post/corrections-leader-refutes-claims-splc-report <p></p><p>Alabama Department of Corrections officials are refuting a report by a human rights organization that criticizes health care in state prisons.</p><p>Department Commissioner Kim Thomas said in a statement Wednesday the state is proud of the health care it offers inmates and that care provided in state institutions is better than what's available to most uninsured Alabamians.</p><p>A report by the Southern Poverty Law Center said the state fails to give inmates a humane level of medical care and disabled prisoners face discrimination.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:51:34 +0000 The Associated Press 53711 at http://apr.org Corrections Leader Refutes Claims In SPLC Report Study Begins On Alabama Prison Overhaul http://apr.org/post/study-begins-alabama-prison-overhaul <p></p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley has announced an attempt to overhaul the state's severely overcrowded prison system.</p><p>Bentley said Tuesday the state's prisons are filled to nearly twice their collective capacity. The Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a partnership between the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Department of Justice, will examine the system and suggest reforms.</p><p>The review comes after a series of stark criticisms. The Department of Justice has called conditions unconstitutional at Alabama's only prison for women.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:05:21 +0000 The Associated Press 53634 at http://apr.org Study Begins On Alabama Prison Overhaul Alabama Paying $580,000 Over Immigration Law http://apr.org/post/alabama-paying-580000-over-immigration-law <p></p><p>Alabama has agreed to pay another $230,000 to civil rights groups that sued over Alabama's immigration law.</p><p>The agreement announced Monday brings the total paid by the state government to $580,000. Monday's agreement stemmed from a 2011 suit over a portion of the law that barred business transactions between the state and anyone who could not prove citizenship. The law prevented some people from renewing their mobile home registration tags, but the suit ended the enforcement of that aspect of the law.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 21:56:24 +0000 The Associated Press 51391 at http://apr.org Alabama Paying $580,000 Over Immigration Law Judge Won't Dismiss Alabama Immigration Suit http://apr.org/post/judge-wont-dismiss-alabama-immigration-suit <p></p><p>A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit challenging an Alabama immigration law that requires state officials to post on the Internet the names of people living in the state illegally who have run-ins with the law.</p><p>The so-called "scarlet letter list" was part of Alabama's second immigration law that the Legislature enacted in 2012. The Southern Poverty Law Center and others challenged it in federal court on behalf of four residents from Mexico who got arrested for fishing without a state license.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 20:45:36 +0000 The Associated Press 51241 at http://apr.org Judge Won't Dismiss Alabama Immigration Suit Ala-Based Group Finds Decline In Extremist Groups http://apr.org/post/ala-based-group-finds-decline-extremist-groups <p>An Alabama group that monitors radical organizations says right-wing extremism is on the decline in the United States.</p><p>The liberal Southern Poverty Law Center says the number of hate groups dropped for the second year in a row in 2013, falling 7 percent to 939 last year.</p><p>The Montgomery-based legal agency says anti-government "Patriot" groups declined even more. It identifies 1,096 such organizations in the United States, down 19 percent from a year earlier.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 03:41:28 +0000 The Associated Press 47449 at http://apr.org Ala-Based Group Finds Decline In Extremist Groups Judge To Rule Soon On Private School Tax Credits http://apr.org/post/judge-rule-soon-private-school-tax-credits <p></p><p>A federal judge says he will rule quickly on whether to throw out a lawsuit challenging Alabama's new tax credits for families that move their children from failing public schools.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins on Monday heard from attorneys for the Southern Poverty law Center, which has sued on behalf of eight children in poor, rural counties. He also heard from the attorney general's office, which wants the suit against the governor and other state officials dismissed.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:15:35 +0000 The Associated Press 46138 at http://apr.org Judge To Rule Soon On Private School Tax Credits Alabama AG Says Blocking Law Won't Help Students http://apr.org/post/alabama-ag-says-blocking-law-wont-help-students <p></p><p>Alabama's attorney general is telling a federal judge that blocking the new Alabama Accountability Act won't help students in failing public schools.</p><p>Attorney General Luther Strange is trying to get U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of eight students in failing schools.</p><p>The suit challenges the law on equal protection grounds, saying the law's transfer provisions aren't open to the students because there aren't any non-failing public schools or private schools nearby that will accept transfers.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:37:06 +0000 The Associated Press 38501 at http://apr.org Alabama AG Says Blocking Law Won't Help Students Alabama Seeks Dismissal Of School Transfer Suit http://apr.org/post/alabama-seeks-dismissal-school-transfer-suit <p></p><p>State attorneys are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center seeking to block a new state law allowing students to transfer from failing schools.</p><p>The state attorney general's staff filed papers saying the plaintiffs lacked legal standing and failed to state a valid equal protection claim. In an order Monday, U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins set a schedule for each side to file briefs, with the last brief due on Oct. 21.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 22:10:57 +0000 The Associated Press 37997 at http://apr.org Alabama Seeks Dismissal Of School Transfer Suit Lawsuit Filed to Block Ala. Accountability Act http://apr.org/post/lawsuit-filed-block-ala-accountability-act <p>State lawmakers and education officials have filed a state lawsuit to have the Alabama Accountability Act ruled unconstitutional.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The Montgomery Advertiser reported Wednesday (http://on.mgmadv.com/15yhreh) that the suit was filed on behalf of Democratic state Sen. Quinton Ross of Montgomery, Lowndes County schools Superintendent Daniel Boyd and Alabama Education Association president Anita Gibson.<br> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:40:25 +0000 The Associated Press 36899 at http://apr.org Lawsuit Filed to Block Ala. Accountability Act Suit Challenges Ala. Private School Tax Credits http://apr.org/post/suit-challenges-ala-private-school-tax-credits <p>Gov. Robert Bentley says the Alabama Accountability Act is designed to help students in all public schools.</p><p>The governor spoke out Monday after the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal court suit seeking to block the law. The suit says some impoverished students can't access part of the law providing tax credits for families that move their children from failing public schools to private schools.</p><p>Bentley says another portion of the law gives those failing schools the flexibility to make changes and improve.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:47:09 +0000 The Associated Press 36303 at http://apr.org Suit Challenges Ala. Private School Tax Credits Civil Rights Museum Offers Free Admission Thursday http://apr.org/post/civil-rights-museum-offers-free-admission-thursday <P>The Southern Poverty Law Center's Civil Rights Memorial Center is offering a day of free admission in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday.<BR><BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; Center officials said admission will be free Thursday on Mandela's birthday. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:14:47 +0000 The Associated Press 34358 at http://apr.org Civil Rights Museum Offers Free Admission Thursday Mobile Schools Settle Lawsuit Over Suspensions http://apr.org/post/mobile-schools-settle-lawsuit-over-suspensions <p>The Mobile County school system has agreed not to suspend students for minor infractions such as not tucking a shirt in or being late to class.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The agreement was part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center challenging the Mobile system's past practice of sometimes giving students lengthy suspensions for minor infractions.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The settlement requires approval of the superintendent for a proposed suspension of longer than 20 school days.<br> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:27:20 +0000 The Associated Press 33515 at http://apr.org Mobile Schools Settle Lawsuit Over Suspensions