Alabama Education Association

Politics & Government
8:26 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Legislature Removes AEA Official From Board

The Alabama Legislature has passed a bill to remove AEA Executive Secretary Henry Mabry from the Teachers Retirement System board.
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The Alabama Legislature has passed a bill to remove the executive secretary of the Alabama Education Association from the board that oversees the state pension system for education employees.

   The House voted 61-42 Thursday and the Senate voted 17-14 to pass the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa.

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Alabama-Education Fight
9:17 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

In Ala., GOP Dictates New Landscape For Education

AEA's new leader Henry Mabry now fight's an uphill battle on education since Republicans won a supermajority in the House and Senate in 2010.
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The Alabama Education Association was once the unquestioned power in the Alabama statehouse. But that's changed since Republicans won a supermajority in the House and Senate in 2010.

Lawmakers around the country have made significant changes to teacher tenure, expanded charter schools and introduced different versions of voucher programs. But in Alabama, these kinds of changes have been part of a political upheaval not seen in most states.

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AEA Rally
5:26 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

AEA Rally Draws Big Crowd In Montgomery

Incoming AEA President Anita Gibson says a similar rally a year ago helped defeat a bill legalizing charter schools.
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Several hundred members of the Alabama Education Association filled the Capitol steps to push for better working conditions and the repeal of new state tax credits for private school students.


The rally Tuesday was one of the biggest by any group during this year's legislative session.

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Private School Tax Credits
6:31 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Ala. Supreme Court Throws Out Order Stopping Bill

The Alabama Supreme Court ruled the lawsuit filed by the Alabama Education Association is premature and dismissed it. The order clears the way for Governor Bentley to sign private school tax credits into law.
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The Alabama Supreme Court has cleared the way for the governor to sign a bill to provide tax credits to some parents who send their children to private schools.


The Alabama Education Association sued over the legislation, and Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price temporarily blocked the governor from signing the bill.

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AEA Removed
3:44 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Committee Says Remove AEA Chief From Pension Board

A bill in the Ala. Senate seeks to remove AEA Executive Secretary Henry Mabry from the Teachers Retirement System board.
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A state Senate committee has voted to remove the executive secretary of the Alabama Education Association from the board that oversees the state pension system for education employees.

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Private School Tax Credits
5:03 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

AEA Has Monday Deadline In Tax Credits Lawsuit

The AEA has until Monday to respond to an effort by Republican legislators to get a private school tax credit bill signed.
Credit Alabama Education Association

The Alabama Supreme Court has given the Alabama Education Association until Monday to respond to an effort by Republican legislators to get a private school tax credit legislation signed.


AEA got a Montgomery judge to issue a temporary restraining order barring the governor from signing the bill into law. Attorneys for Republican legislative leaders appealed to the Supreme Court and asked the court to lift the judge's order. The Supreme Court on Friday gave AEA's lawyers until Monday to respond.

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Private School Tax Credits
4:49 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Ala. Judge Plans To Rule On School Tax Credits

A judge plans to rule Wednesday on whether the governor can sign into law a bill providing private school tax credits.
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A judge plans to rule Wednesday on whether the governor can sign into law a bill providing private school tax credits.


Gov. Robert Bentley had planned to sign the bill Tuesday afternoon, but Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Charles Price temporarily put that on hold while he considers a lawsuit filed by the Alabama Education Association.


Price heard arguments Tuesday afternoon on whether the Legislature violated Alabama's open meeting law and its own operating rules in passing the bill in a series of quick votes Thursday night.

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School Flexibility
4:22 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Alabama School Flexibility Bill Divided By Tenure

The Alabama House and Senate remain divided on school flexibility bill.
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The Alabama House and Senate are divided over whether a school flexibility bill should include flexibility with teacher tenure laws.


The House passed a bill Feb. 14 to allow city and county school systems to have flexibility in complying with state education laws, including tenure. The Senate rewrote the bill Thursday to exclude tenure. The House refused to go along with the Senate's changes and sent the bill to a six-member conference committee to try working out the differences.

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Alabama Education Policies
6:31 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Bill Would Give School Systems More Flexibility

Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard supports legislation that would give local school systems more flexibility in determining their rules and regulations.
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The Alabama Legislature is considering a bill that would give local school systems more flexibility in determining their rules and regulations.


The bill is opposed by the Alabama Education Association. AEA officials are concerned it could allow some local systems to strip rights away from teachers. They see it as a possible back-door approach to creating public/private charter schools in Alabama.

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School Flexibility
5:03 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Panel Oks Bill To Give Ala. Schools Flexibility

An Alabama House panel has approved a bill to give local school systems the ability to waive certain regulations or requirements.

The Alabama House Education Policy Committee has approved a bill to give local school systems the ability to waive certain regulations or requirements.


The committee voted Wednesday afternoon in favor of the measure by Rep. Chad Fincher, R- Semmes.


Supporters, including state schools Superintendent Tommy Bice, told lawmakers that research has shown reducing rules and regulations can increase creativity in the classroom. Bice called the bill a vote of confidence in teachers and school leaders.

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Governor-Charter Schools
5:08 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Ala. Governor Won't Try Charter Schools Again

Governor Robert Bentley says he won't pursue legalizing charter schools in the upcoming legislative session.

Gov. Robert Bentley says he doesn't plan to propose the legalization of charter schools again in the 2013 session of the Legislature.


The Republican governor proposed charter school legislation in the 2012 session, but the state teachers' organization, the Alabama Education Association, secured enough votes to stop it.

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Teacher Pay Raise
4:42 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

AEA Plans To Ask For Teacher Pay Raises

The AEA will lobby for pay raises for teachers if the money is available in the education budget.

Alabama Education Association plans to lobby to get teachers a 10 percent raise over the next two years if the money is available.


AEA Executive Secretary Henry Mabry says it would be the first pay raise for teachers in five years. Mabry says inflation is hurting teacher incomes and good salaries help attract strong teachers and other personnel.


AEA estimates the average teacher makes about $48,000 per year. School support personnel, who would be included in the raise request, make about $16,000.

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