Alabama Education Superintendent Tommy Bice

Business & Education
5:29 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Complaints Lead to New Student Enrollment Forms

Tommy Bice
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Alabama's school superintendent is telling all Alabama public school systems to start using a new student enrollment process that makes clear a Social Security number or birth certificate is not necessary for enrollment.

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Business & Education
5:54 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Educators Conference in Tuscaloosa

Tommy Bice

School officials from throughout Alabama are expected to gather in Tuscaloosa this week for an education conference.

The Tuscaloosa News reports state schools Superintendent Tommy Bice is scheduled as the main speaker for the annual State of Our Schools luncheon at the Hotel Capstone.

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Failing Schools
3:37 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Alabama Releases New Failing Schools List

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.
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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.

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.

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Textbooks-Religion Complaints
3:50 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Ala. Critics Say School Texts Insult Christians

Alabama's school board is postponing a decision on new school textbooks after conservatives complained they promote Islam and oppose Christianity.
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Alabama's school board is postponing a decision on new school textbooks after conservatives complained they promote Islam and oppose Christianity.

State School Superintendent Tommy Bice asked for the delay Thursday following complaints by the Eagle Forum of Alabama and ACT for America.

The groups complained that 12 textbooks proposed for social studies classes have a pro-Muslim slant and are anti-Christian.

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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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Private School tax credits
4:38 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Ala. Superintendent Says Few Transferring Schools

State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice says preliminary survey data shows 51 students have used the new Alabama Accountability Act to transfer from a failing public school to a private school.
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Alabama's public schools aren't seeing an exodus of students taking advantage of private school tax credits.

State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice told the state school board Thursday that preliminary survey data shows 51 students have used the new Alabama Accountability Act to transfer from a failing public school to a private school.

He told AL.com that not all school systems have responded to a department survey, but he doesn't expect the figure to increase much because the state's largest systems have responded.

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School Guns
4:45 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Alabama School Chief Says Guns Still Prohibited

Superintendent Tommy Bice said in a letter this week that all school systems should continue to enforce existing policies banning firearms and other weapons from school property.
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Alabama's school superintendent is telling city and county school officials that policies prohibiting firearms on school property were not affected by the state's new gun law.

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School Enrollment-Immigration
4:39 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Ala. School Chief Says No Social Security Card Needed

in a memo, Alabama Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice, reminded city and county school officials that social security card is not needed to enroll children in school.
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With schools preparing to begin classes next month, Alabama's school superintendent is reminding city and county school officials that students don't need a Social Security number to enroll, and their parents don't need an Alabama driver's license or state-issued ID to enroll them.

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School Standards
3:36 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Ala. Common Core Standards Still In Place

Common Core education standards will remain in place after Senator Dick Brewbaker tabled his bill to repeal them.
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The sponsor of a bill to repeal the state's use of Common Core education standards has decided to kill his own bill.


The chairman of the Senate Education Committee, Republican Dick Brewbaker of Montgomery, took the action Wednesday when it became clear his committee wouldn't remove the Common Core standards.

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Private Schools Tax Credits
4:43 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Education Leaders Say GOP 'Bushwhacked' Them

Governor Robert Bentley says running over his own education allies was worth it to get a private school tax credits bill passed.
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The governor says running over his own education allies was worth it to get tax credits to help children in failing public schools transfer to private schools.


Gov. Robert Bentley says he and other Republican leaders didn't tell the state school superintendent and other education leaders that they were planning to expand a school flexibility bill into a tax credit bill because they would have opposed it. School Superintendent Tommy Bice says the final product caught him by surprise and it was not the school flexibility bill that he had endorsed.

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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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Business & Education
7:17 am
Thu January 24, 2013

School Safety to be Topic at Ala. Board Meeting

Alabama Superintendent Tommy Bice.
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The Alabama Board of Education will hold a work session to discuss ways to keep Alabama schools safe.

The work session will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Gordon Persons Building in Montgomery.


Superintendent Tommy Bice has asked superintendents across the state to submit the safety plans for their schools in light of last month's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

Business & Education
7:11 am
Fri December 14, 2012

State Wants Plan to Address Grade-Changing Scandal

Alabama State School Superintendent Tommy Bice.

(Information in the following story is from: Montgomery Advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com)


Alabama's state school superintendent says he expects the Montgomery County school system to have a plan by Christmas to make sure grade-changing doesn't occur again.


State Superintendent Tommy Bice said the state Department of Education wants the plan for institutional control in place before the second semester starts. The department will appoint a monitor to make sure the school system carries out its new plan.

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Education Budget
5:15 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

1st Post-Recession Budget Offered For Ala. Schools

The State Board of Education is recommending its first post-recession budget for public schools.
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The State Board of Education is recommending its first post-recession budget for public schools. The budget recommendation approved Thursday seeks to replace one-third of the nearly 1,400 teaching positions that were cut during the recession.


It also seeks to restore textbook spending and school operational funds that were cut.


The board is recommending $4.1 billion for K-12 schools in the next school year. That's up $415 million from this year. Next year's overall state education budget is expected to increase nearly $408 million to $5.9 billion.

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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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