Alabama Board of Education

Graduation Exam
3:42 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Alabama High School Graduation Exam Dropped

Alabama's high school graduation exam is no more.
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Alabama's high school graduation exam is no more.

The State Board of Education voted Thursday to do away with the exam. State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice says the test is no longer aligned with Alabama's academic standards for students. He says the requirement for graduating now is passing all required courses.

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Graduation Test-Alabama
11:14 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Ala. Board To Mull Dropping High School Grad Test

The Alabama Board of Education is set to consider a proposal next month to end the high school graduation test.
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The Alabama Board of Education is set to consider a proposal next month to end the high school graduation test.

The Decatur Daily reports educators say the Alabama High School Graduation Exam is dated and does not assess academic standards currently being taught in schools.

Florence City Schools Superintendent Janet Womack tells the newspaper that eliminating the test would be a "positive move."

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Business & Education
8:32 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Ala. Board Delays Release of Failing Schools List

Alabama schools Superintendent Tommy Bice had been scheduled to announce the list of failing schools in the state. It's now been scheduled to be released next Tuesday.
The Montgomery Advertiser

The Alabama Board of Education has delayed releasing a list of schools that are failing under language included in the Alabama Accountability Act.

   School board officials said Wednesday that the announcement by schools Superintendent Tommy Bice had been scheduled for Thursday, and was then rescheduled for next week. Officials said the release would likely be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the media briefing room at the Gordon Persons Building.

High School Technology Programs
6:28 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Alabama Tech Programs Could Get $50 Million Boost

Alabama high schools could receive $50 million to replace outdated equipment under a measure in the Alabama Legislature.

The Alabama Legislature is close to approving a plan to borrow $50 million to replace outdated equipment in high school technology programs.

Lawmakers hope giving students better equipment will help make a dent in Alabama's dropout rate.

Bond issue legislation has breezed through the House and a Senate committee with only one negative vote. The tech director for the state Board of Education, Philip Cleveland, said schools have not received state money for equipment since they got $10 million in 2005. He said students in some programs are training on outdated equipment.

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Technical Education
4:32 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Alabama Closer To Getting $50 Million For Tech Ed

The state is getting closer to selling $50 million in bonds to buy equipment for technical programs in Alabama's public schools.
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The Alabama Legislature is getting closer to selling $50 million in bonds to buy equipment for technical programs in Alabama's public schools.


The Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee on Wednesday approved bond issue legislation that passed the House earlier. The bill now goes to the Senate.


Alabama's director of technical education, Philip Cleveland, says public schools last received state funding for new technical education equipment in 2005. He says some are teaching students on outdated equipment that is no longer used by Alabama businesses.

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Alabama School Standards
6:39 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Lawmakers Consider Bills to Repeal Core Standards

Legislation has been introduced in the Alabama House and Senate that would repeal common core standards in schools.


The standards are also known as Alabama's College and Career Ready Standards. Supporters say the standards make it easier for Alabama students to transfer to another school or another state without being far behind or ahead.


The standards were adopted by the state Board of Education in 2010 after a number of public hearings were held around the state.

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School Safety
4:49 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Superintendent Praises Alabama School Safety Plan

Alabama School Superintendent Tommy Bice says he feels the state has a good comprehensive safety plan.

Alabama schools superintendent Tommy Bice says the state's schools have a comprehensive safety plan which he feels good about.


Bice's comments came during a Thursday work session of the Alabama Board of Education. The session was called to discuss safety in state schools in the wake of last month's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.


The superintendent has asked state public school systems to turn in their school safety plans to him by early next month.

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Business & Education
6:57 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Alabama's Interim Chancellor Gets $51,000 Extra

Alabama's Board of Education named Susan Price as interim chancellor of the two-year college system in March.
blog.al.com

The state Board of Education has voted to give nearly $51,000 to a vice chancellor of the two-year college system for serving as interim chancellor for more than six months.


The board decided Thursday to give the money to Vice Chancellor Susan Price because that would have been the difference between her $155,250 annual salary and the chancellor's salary for the time she served.


Price served from March through the hiring of Mark Heinrich in September. The chancellor's base salary is $250,000 annually.

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Business & Education
8:23 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Alabama Chancellor Finalists Set for Interviews

www.alsde.edu

The State Board of Education is meeting to interview the two finalists for chancellor of Alabama's two-year college system.


The board has interviews in Montgomery starting at 9 a.m. Thursday with Mark Heinrich, who is president of Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, and Blake Flanders, who is vice president of workforce development for the Kansas Board of Regents.


The school board is looking for a replacement for Freida Hill, who stepped down in March under pressure from some board members.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.