Alabama Education Association

Charter schools
11:34 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Alabama Charter School Legislation is Here... Now What?

The voting is over regarding charter schools in Alabama. Now, the big question is how to implement these traditional schools and what happens next.

Governor Robert Bentley put Alabama in line with 42 other states by signing SB45 into law last month, allowing charter schools to operate. Perhaps the most asked question about these non-traditional schools is what exactly the difference is between them and a regular public school.

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Newscast
8:59 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Head of AEA resigns, Hubbard's defense wants case dismissed and Baldwin County education tax vote

AEA Executive Secretary Henry Mabry

Henry Mabry has officially stepped down as the head of the Alabama Education Association.

His resignation comes after the AEA board voted back in February to terminate Mabry after an audit raised concerns about his financial management of the organization.

Mabry replaced longtime AEA head Paul Hubbert in 2011. It was Hubbert who built the education organization into a massive political powerhouse. Hubbert expressed some grave concerns about the AEA's fiscal health before he passed away last year.

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Newscast
9:35 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Jefferson County school cuts, Alabama diabetes figures and Baldwin County tax vote

Dr. Craig Pouncey, Jefferson County School Superintendent

The Jefferson County School Board recently announced sweeping cuts for the school system, which will include substantial layoffs.

The Board plans to cut $12.6 million from the system budget and to eliminate 162 positions. Other staff members will see their contracts shortened.

Superintendent Dr. Craig Pouncey says the system's budget had been running at a deficit of around $10 million a year. By that rate, he says, the county could have been in danger of not making payroll within 3 or 4 years.

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School cuts
12:29 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Jefferson County School Board announces cuts, layoffs

The Jefferson County School Board recently announced sweeping cuts for the school system, which will include substantial layoffs.

The Board plans to cut $12.6 million from the system budget and to eliminate 162 positions. Other staff members will see their contracts shortened.

Superintendent Dr. Craig Pouncey says the system's budget had been running at a deficit of around $10 million a year. By that rate, he says, the county could have been in danger of not making payroll within 3 or 4 years.

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Newscast
8:29 am
Wed March 4, 2015

AL Supreme Court halting same-sex marriages, State of the State address and charter schools

Angela Channel and Dawn Hicks at their wedding in Tuscaloosa.
Credit Alex AuBuchon

There’s been a new twist in Alabama’s same sex marriage controversy. No new marriage licenses for same-sex couples will be issued, at least for now.

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Newscast
8:55 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Alabama charter schools, high hunger & poverty rates, and Gadsden tax workshop

Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh

Alabama Republican lawmakers are getting ready for a major push for the establishment of charter schools.

A charter school bill will be a top priority for the GOP when the legislative session kicks off next week.

Charter schools are publicly funded schools that operate outside the rules and regulations of regular public schools.

The bill, if passed, would allow up to 10 new charter schools to be established in Alabama each year. It would also allow school systems to convert an unlimited number of existing schools to charter status.

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Newscast
8:28 am
Mon February 23, 2015

New state GOP chair, Gardendale school separation and AEA executive fired

Terry Lathan, newly elected Alabama GOP chair

The Alabama Republican Party has a new leader. Voters elected Terry Lathan of Mobile as chairwoman of the state party.

Lathan is a former schoolteacher and has worked 35 years in various leadership positions in the Mobile County GOP and the state executive committee. She defeated former state representative Mary Sue McClurkin.

Lathan is entering the leadership role with Alabama's Republican party at a historical high point. The GOP holds every statewide office, supermajorities in the legislature and controls the state appeals courts.

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Governor-Griffith
3:35 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

AEA Makes Another $300,000 Donation To Griffith

The state teachers' lobby has given Democratic candidate for governor Parker Griffith another financial boost.
Credit opensecrets.org

The state teachers' lobby has given Democratic candidate for governor Parker Griffith another financial boost.

The Alabama Education Association contributed $300,000 to Griffith's campaign on Friday. AEA also gave Griffith $300,000 in September.

The teachers' lobby is by far Griffith's largest cash contributor. Campaign finance reports show AEA's contributions make up $600,000 of the $647,000 in contributions raised by Griffith. The former congressman has also loaned his campaign $391,000.

Griffith and Republican Gov. Robert Bentley face off Nov. 4.

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Public Employees-Dues
3:48 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Ala. Public Employees' Groups Lose At High Court

The Alabama Education Association along with the Alabama State Employees Association have lost a lawsuit over a state law that cut off a major source of their funding.
Credit Alabama Education Association

The Alabama State Employees Association and Alabama Education Association have lost a lawsuit over a state law that cut off a major source of their funding.

The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday reversed a preliminary injunction that the two groups got a Montgomery judge to issue against the state comptroller. It had blocked the comptroller from enforcing rules to implement a 2010 law. That law prohibited Alabama's public employees from having membership dues deducted from their paychecks if the dues were going to a group involved in political activity.

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AEA's Future-Hubbert
11:54 am
Sat September 13, 2014

AEA Board Expresses Support For Mabry

After meeting Friday night, the AEA board expressed confidence in current leadership including Executive Secretary Henry Mabry.
Credit educationnews.org

The Alabama Education Association board of directors met behind closed doors for four hours Friday to discuss concerns raised by its longtime leader.

Former AEA executive secretary Paul Hubbert, in a Tuesday letter to board members, said AEA was in crisis. Hubbert said he was concerned about the association's finances and also the management style of current executive secretary Henry Mabry.

AEA President Anita Gibson said board members had extensive discussions about the issues raised by Hubbert.

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AEA's Future-Hubbert
3:56 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

AEA Board To Meet Friday Night After Criticism

The Alabama Education Association board of directors is set to meet Friday night in the wake of a letter from the retired leader of the group, who says the organization is now in crisis.
Credit Alabama Education Association

The Alabama Education Association board of directors is set to meet Friday night in the wake of a letter from the retired leader of the group, who says the organization is now in.

Hubbert sent a letter this week to the AEA's board, saying the group is in danger of losing its strong membership and financial might that made it a formidable force in Alabama politics.

Hubbert led the AEA for more than 40 years before retiring in 2011 for health reasons.

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Politics & Government
6:30 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Education PAC Takes Out Over $1 Million in Loans

Credit Alabama Education Association

The Alabama Education Association's political action committee is using more than $1 million in loans to help support candidates after spending on primary races earlier this year.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports a campaign finance report filed last week shows AEA's political action committee took out a loan of more than $1.2 million in addition to borrowing $500,000 in July.

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AEA's Future
4:11 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Alabama Teachers' Group Loses Main Funding Source

The Alabama Education Association is no longer able to use payroll deductions to collect dues to support its activities.
Credit Alabama Education Association

The main funding source for one of the largest and best financed organizations in the state, the Alabama Education Association, has ended.

The organization is no longer able to use payroll deductions to collect dues to support its activities. AEA had a court-approved deadline of Monday to comply with a newly enforced state law on limiting payroll deductions.

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Private School Tax Credits
3:57 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Judge Delays Enforcing School Tax Credits Ruling

An Alabama judge will delay enforcing his decision outlawing tax credits for private school students in Alabama.

An Alabama judge will delay enforcing his decision outlawing tax credits for private school students in Alabama.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Gene Reese issued a hand-written order Monday agreeing to delay implementation of his ruling against the Republican-based Alabama Accountability Act.

The judge agreed with the state to block his order, meaning the tax credit program can go ahead while appeals courts consider the issue.

The law allows state tax credits for parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools.

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Politics & Government
6:37 am
Thu June 5, 2014

GOP Senate Incumbents Beat Back AEA-Funded Challengers

Credit Alabama Education Association

Republican incumbents in the Alabama Senate have claimed victory, repelling a slate of challengers funded by the state teachers' lobby and an anti-Common Core group.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh called Tuesday night a great one for incumbents.

One Senate GOP incumbent, Sen. Jerry Fielding of Talladega lost to Rep. Jim McClendon, but that race was separate from the AEA-involved races.

In the House, AEA backed candidates defeated several incumbents in the hopes of slowing down a GOP legislative train that has often been at odds with the teachers' lobby.

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