Alabama Department of Education http://apr.org en Ala. Officials Reviewing Sex Education Curriculum http://apr.org/post/ala-officials-reviewing-sex-education-curriculum <p></p><p>State education officials say they're reviewing public school sex education policies after a state law banning consensual anal and oral sex was ruled unconstitutional in June.</p><p>Alabama Department of Education Spokesman Michael Sibley tells Al.com because of the court's ruling, sexual education curriculum emphasizing that gay sex is illegal in Alabama is legally incorrect.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:13:09 +0000 The Associated Press 55984 at http://apr.org Ala. Officials Reviewing Sex Education Curriculum 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 Alabama Dept. Of Ed Surveying About Tech Programs http://apr.org/post/alabama-dept-ed-surveying-about-tech-programs <p>The Alabama Department of Education is using an online survey to measure Alabamians' opinions about the quality of the career and technical education being offered in Alabama's public schools.</p><p>The department says responses to the survey will help it plan for the future and better serve students, parents and communities.</p><p>The web address for the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HFPYY27</p><p>The deadline for taking the survey is Feb. 21. The department says the results will be available on its website (http://www.aldes.edu ) starting in March.</p> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 19:53:01 +0000 The Associated Press 45660 at http://apr.org Alabama Dept. Of Ed Surveying About Tech Programs Alabama Releases New Failing Schools List http://apr.org/post/alabama-releases-new-failing-schools-list-0 <p></p><p>The Alabama Department of Education has announced the new list of failing public schools, where students can transfer to other non-failing public schools or to private schools.</p><p>The department says five schools were added to the new list. They are Barbour County Intermediate School, Lafayette High School, Abbeville High School, Jeremiah A. Denton Middle School in Mobile County, and Bessemer High School.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:37:48 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 45118 at http://apr.org Alabama Releases New Failing Schools List 6 Montgomery Educators Face State Hearings http://apr.org/post/6-montgomery-educators-face-state-hearings <p></p><p>Six Montgomery Public Schools educators accused of participating in a district-wide grade changing scheme are facing state trials.</p><p>The Montgomery Advertiser reports the district's former assistant superintendent, two principals, an assistant principal and two teachers are expected to appear before an administrative law judge in December.</p><p>The newspaper reports the educators could lose their teaching certificates.</p> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 18:18:36 +0000 The Associated Press 41749 at http://apr.org 6 Montgomery Educators Face State Hearings Mobile Co. Schools Chief Is Highest Paid In Ala. http://apr.org/post/mobile-co-schools-chief-highest-paid-ala <p>New figures released by the Alabama Department of Education show Mobile County schools Superintendent Martha Peek is the highest-paid in the state.</p><p>AL.com reports that Peek earns an annual salary of $204,000 overseeing the largest school system in Alabama with an enrollment of 59,000 students.</p><p>Second on the list is Birmingham City Schools' Craig Witherspoon, who earns $202,155 overseeing a system with 24,629 students.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:07:36 +0000 The Associated Press 41255 at http://apr.org Mobile Co. Schools Chief Is Highest Paid In Ala. Alabama Legislators Visit Alabama Schools http://apr.org/post/alabama-legislators-visit-alabama-schools <p></p><p>More than two dozen Alabama legislators have taken state officials up on an invitation to visit schools in their districts and talk with students, teachers and school administrators.</p><p>Legislators said they were impressed with the teachers and students they met during the visits Tuesday. But several legislators said they were disappointed to find overcrowded classrooms and not enough money for supplies.</p><p>Republican Rep. Greg Wren of Montgomery says he's disappointed teachers have to spend so much time filling out paperwork when they could be teaching students.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:03:29 +0000 The Associated Press 40232 at http://apr.org Alabama Legislators Visit Alabama Schools Ala. Educators Addressing Disconnected Students http://apr.org/post/ala-educators-addressing-disconnected-students <p>The state Department of Education is planning to unveil its new way to address barriers to learning and teaching and to re-engage disconnected students.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Department officials will join other educators Friday in Montgomery to present the Comprehensive System of Learning Supports design documents.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The director of the department's Office of Learning Support, Linda Felton-Smith, says the design moves student supports away from reacting to problems and moves them toward a system emphasizing prevention and early intervention.<br> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 13:30:33 +0000 The Associated Press 35287 at http://apr.org Ala. Educators Addressing Disconnected Students Advocates Concerned About Ala. Special Education http://apr.org/post/advocates-concerned-about-ala-special-education <p>Advocates for the disabled say they're concerned about the future of special education programs since state officials plan to inspect them less often.</p><div><p>The Anniston Star (<a href="http://bit.ly/13QW7Qp">http://bit.ly/13QW7Qp</a> ) reported Sunday that the state Department of Education will transition from inspecting the programs once every three years to once every four years beginning this school year.</p> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 20:56:26 +0000 The Associated Press 34986 at http://apr.org Advocates Concerned About Ala. Special Education Ala. Education Officials Probe College Readiness http://apr.org/post/ala-education-officials-probe-college-readiness <p></p><p></p><p>Alabama education officials say more than a third of college freshman from the state needed remedial coursework last fall.</p><p>Deputy Superintendent of Education, Sherrill Parris,&nbsp;says the amount of students who graduated high school and needed remedial coursework factored into Plan 2020 — a statewide initiative to improve education over the next seven years.</p> Sun, 07 Jul 2013 18:03:27 +0000 The Associated Press 33672 at http://apr.org Ala. Education Officials Probe College Readiness State Team Investigating Grade Change Allegations http://apr.org/post/state-team-investigating-grade-change-allegations-0 A three-member investigative team appointed by the state Department of Education is looking into allegations of mass grade changes at three public high schools in Montgomery. School Superintendent Barbara Thompson sought the department's help earlier this month after the Montgomery Advertiser reported that teachers who worked in Robert E. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 22:16:02 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 19290 at http://apr.org State Team Investigating Grade Change Allegations SPLC Sues Ala. Education Officials For School Data http://apr.org/post/splc-sues-ala-education-officials-school-data A lawsuit has been filed accusing the Alabama Department of Education of refusing to release school data showing the impact of Alabama's law cracking down on illegal immigrants has had on Hispanic students. The Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery filed the lawsuit, which contends education officials have declined to release data on student enrollment before and after the immigration law was enacted. The lawsuit says the SPLC has requested a copy of information that education officials have sent to the U.S. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 21:27:47 +0000 The Associated Press 19022 at http://apr.org SPLC Sues Ala. Education Officials For School Data Ala. Education Department To Probe Grade Changing http://apr.org/post/ala-education-department-probe-grade-changing State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice says his department will investigate allegations of widespread grade changing in the Montgomery County public school system. Bice said on Friday that Montgomery Superintendent Barbara Thompson sought the department's help, and the investigation is beginning immediately. Teachers who worked in Robert E. Lee, Jeff Davis and Sidney Lanier high schools in Montgomery said they witnessed or participated in the improper changing of hundreds of grades. Nearly 30 current and former employees were interviewed. The majority worked at Lee. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 21:56:50 +0000 The Associated Press 18891 at http://apr.org Ala. Education Department To Probe Grade Changing Birmingham Schools to Consider Layoffs, Demotions http://apr.org/post/birmingham-schools-consider-layoffs-demotions <p><font face="Arial">Birmingham&#39;s school board is set to consider proposals by a state intervention team to lay off or demote about 200 people and delay the start of school by three days.</font></p><p><font face="Arial">The items are on the agenda for the board&#39;s Tuesday meeting.</font></p><p><font face="Arial">The layoffs have been considered in the past, but the board rejected them June 26, leading to the Alabama Department of Education taking over the city school district the following day.</font></p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 22:04:10 +0000 Associated Press 14684 at http://apr.org Birmingham Schools to Consider Layoffs, Demotions