splc http://apr.org en SPLC Warns School Systems on Immigration http://apr.org/post/splc-warns-school-systems-immigration <p>The Southern Poverty Law Center has warned 96 <font color="red">Alabama</font> school systems that they are violating federal guidelines by discouraging enrollment based on immigration status.</p><p>The group sent a letter to state schools Superintendent Tommy Bice. SPLC attorney Jay Singh said Thursday that all children have a right to attend public schools regardless of immigration status.</p><p></p><p>The letter asks Bice to ensure that all schools comply with federal mandates by the start of the 2014-15 school year.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 11:16:26 +0000 Associated Press 52526 at http://apr.org SPLC Warns School Systems on Immigration 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 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 Gay Rodeo Supporters React to Alabama Efforts http://apr.org/post/gay-rodeo-supporters-react-alabama-efforts-0 <P>Early on a Saturday morning in Fort Worth, Texas, today's gay rodeo is slowly picking up pace. Competitors quickly move to make it to their event and spectators wander about the arena. William Edlin of Austin, TX is bright-eyed and ready to go. In his eight years on the circuit, Edlin says he hasn't seen too much conflict and anticipates a gay rodeo in Alabama will have a positive impact.</P> <P>"It'll open up a lot more eyes," says Edlin. "You see we don't have a lot in the audience right now, but later on we will. And it's not just gay people. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 18:54:27 +0000 Maggie Martin 14276 at http://apr.org Gay Rodeo Supporters React to Alabama Efforts