Alabama Education Association

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.
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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

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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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Private School Tax Credits
4:48 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Ala. Officials Seek Stay Of Judge's School Ruling

The judge who overturned the Alabama Accountability Act is being asked to put his ruling on hold while state officials appeal.
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The judge who overturned the Alabama Accountability Act is being asked to put his ruling on hold while state officials appeal.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Gene Reese ruled Wednesday that the law is unconstitutional. Attorneys representing state officials and two families that use the law filed a request Thursday for the judge to stay his ruling while they appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court. They say the ruling will cause irreparable injury if it is not put on hold.

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Private School Tax Credits
5:18 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Judge Overturns Alabama Accountability Act

A Montgomery judge has struck down Alabama's tax credits for parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools.
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A Montgomery judge has struck down Alabama's tax credits for parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools.

Circuit Judge Gene Reese ruled Wednesday that the Alabama Accountability Act is unconstitutional. He said it violates the state Constitution's requirement for the Legislature to have only one subject in a bill.

The Legislature passed the law in 2013. It was challenged in court by members of the state teachers' organization, the Alabama Education Association.

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GOP Primary
4:02 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

GOP Supermajority Plays Defense In Primaries

A bitter war is erupting for control of the Alabama Statehouse and this time it is Republican versus Republican.
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A bitter war is erupting for control of the Alabama Statehouse and this time it is Republican versus Republican.

Republicans won a majority in the Alabama Legislature in 2010, but in 2014 many incumbents are facing primary party challenges.

Republican Senate leader Del Marsh called many of the challengers RINOs, or Republicans in name only. He said many were funded by the Alabama Education Association, which has often been at odds with current legislators.

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AEA-Dues Lawsuit
4:50 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Systems To Stop Collecting AEA Dues Under Order

Under a new court order, systems can't collect money for the Alabama Education Association after June 30 without special certification.
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Alabama school systems will have to stop collecting dues for the state's largest teachers' group under a new court order.

Shelby County Circuit Judge Bill Bostick approved an agreement Thursday that means systems can't collect money for the Alabama Education Association after June 30 without special certification.

The order came in a lawsuit filed earlier this month by a Hoover woman who claimed officials were moving too slowly to implement a Republican-backed law that forbids payroll deduction to political groups.

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Court-AEA Dues
4:54 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Suit Looks To Block Payments To Teacher's Group

A lawsuit has been filed to block state education officials from allowing payroll deductions from public school employees to fund the Alabama Education Association.
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A lawsuit has been filed to block state education officials from allowing payroll deductions from public school employees to fund the Alabama Education Association.

A Hoover woman who filed the suit in Shelby County Circuit Court Wednesday says the AEA hasn't ensured that dues being paid by public school employees won't be used to fund Alabama Voices for Teachers for Education, the AEA's political action committee.

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Politics & Government
1:38 am
Fri April 18, 2014

AEA Battles Tax Credits in Court, at Ballot Box

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The state teachers' organization is fighting private school tax credits in court and the architect of the tax credits at the ballot box.

The Alabama Education Association's political action committee filed a campaign finance report showing the largest donation it gave in March was $50,000 to Democratic state Senate candidate Taylor Stewart of Anniston. Stewart is opposing Republican Sen. Del Marsh of Anniston, who was the chief architect of the Alabama Accountability Act.

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Private School Tax Credits
4:01 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Judge Weighs Challenge To Ala. Accountability Act

It will be a few weeks before a judge decides a legal challenge to the new Alabama law providing tax credits for private education.

It will be a few weeks before a judge decides a legal challenge to the new Alabama law providing tax credits for private education.

Montgomery Circuit Judge Gene Reese heard arguments Thursday on a lawsuit the Alabama Education Association filed over the Alabama Accountability Act.

The judge is giving attorneys two weeks to submit proposed orders and says he will rule afterward.

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Big Campaign Contributors
3:55 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

AEA, Drummond, Creeks Among Big 2014 Donors

The state teachers' organization, a mining company and an Indian tribe that operates casinos are among the top campaign contributions in Alabama for next year's elections.
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The state teachers' organization, a mining company and an Indian tribe that operates casinos are among the top campaign contributions in Alabama for next year's elections.

Campaign finance records show the Alabama Education Association has donated $770,000 to candidates since June. AEA Executive Secretary Henry Mabry said the group is donating to Democrats and Republicans who support public education.

The Birmingham-based Drummond Co. has donated $489,000. That included $25,000 donations to both Gov. Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange.

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Private School Tax Credits
4:14 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Alabama Court Modifies Ruling Tossing AEA Suit

The Alabama Supreme Court has changed some of the wording its recent ruling tossing out a lawsuit against the Alabama Accountability Act, but it didn't change the result.
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The Alabama Supreme Court has changed some of the wording its recent ruling tossing out a lawsuit against the Alabama Accountability Act, but it didn't change the result.

On Sept. 20, the state's highest court blocked a lawsuit that members of the Alabama Education Association filed against four legislators to challenge the new law. Even though the legislators won, they asked the court to reconsider part of the ruling that said the Accountability Act appropriated public funds.

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Alabama Elections-Campaign Finance
11:24 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Report Shows Millions Raised Ahead Of '14 Ala. Elections

Statewide elections are still more than a year away, but candidates are busy raising money.
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Statewide elections are still more than a year away, but candidates are busy raising money.

The Anniston Star reported Sunday that state finance records show more than $11 million has been raised since June — when candidates first became eligible to receive contributions for their 2014 campaigns.

The newspaper says Republican candidates have picked up $6.8 million of that cash, while Democrats garnered only $861,000. Political action committees pulled in $6.3 million over the same time period.

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Private School Tax Credits
3:58 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

One Suit Against Alabama Accountability Act Blocked

The Alabama Supreme Court has blocked a lawsuit challenging a new law that provides tax credits for attending private schools.
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The Alabama Supreme Court has blocked a lawsuit challenging a new law that provides tax credits for attending private schools.

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Politics & Government
8:12 am
Mon August 19, 2013

US Court Panel to Hold Hearings in Montgomery

U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
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A three-judge panel from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hold 15 hearings in Montgomery next week, the latest in the court's practice of holding hearings across the southeast.

   At least four of the hearings to be held Tuesday through Friday involve Alabama cases.

   One of the hearings set for Wednesday is regarding an issue that is part of a lawsuit challenging a state law that prohibits the Alabama Education Association and the Alabama State Employees Association from using automatic payroll deduction to collect dues from workers.

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