Business & Education

Business & Education
6:38 am
Mon December 10, 2012

2 With Ties to Suspended Ala. State President Cut

ASU President Joseph Silver was placed on paid administrative leave last month.
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(Information in the following story is from: Montgomery Advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com)


Two Alabama State University employees with ties to suspended university President Joseph Silver are out of their jobs.


University vice president Danielle Kennedy said the vice president for business and finance, Edward Patrick, and the senior assistant to the president, Joyce Outler, no longer work for Alabama State because the board of trustees did not approve their hiring.

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4:50 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

2 Aides To Former UA President Still Being Paid

Although Guy Bailey resigned as UA president in late October, two of his aides continue to draw a salary.
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Two top aides to former University of Alabama President Guy Bailey are leaving the school but will continue to draw a salary for months.


Both presidential assistant Mary Larson Diaz and presidential chief of staff Justin Clark moved to Tuscaloosa with Bailey from Texas Tech University after he took the job at Alabama. Their combined salaries were $246,000 annually.


But both positions were eliminated following Bailey's unexpected resignation after just two months on the job.

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Business & Education
6:27 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Alabama Lands its 1st Airbus Supplier

Officials announced Airbus would build an aircraft assembly plant in Mobile in July 2012.
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Alabama has landed its first Airbus supplier.


A subsidiary of Labinal, Safran Engineering Services, announced Thursday that it will operate an engineering supporting facility in Mobile that will hire 30 to 50 people. Labinal is part of the French aerospace company Safran Group.


Gov. Robert Bentley said he met with Labinal officials during a visit to the Farnborough International Air Show in England earlier this year and encouraged the company to locate in Alabama.

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Business & Education
10:41 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Small Businesses: "Show Me The Credit"

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 11:33 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now to matters of personal finance. We all remember the financial crisis the country faced four years ago. The numbers suggest that the economy is improving slowly but surely. Interest rates are at near record lows, but our next guest says - and this is something you might have experienced yourself - a lot of people are still having a difficult time getting access to credit, especially small-business owners and home owners with less than perfect credit.

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Business & Education
7:32 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Online Courses Force Changes To Higher Education

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

There is a lot of speculation now about what issues - big and small - the Obama administration should tackle in its second term. Education is one thing on many of those lists, and in Washington yesterday, the talk was about one of the hottest trends in the field - something called MOOCS. MOOCS is short for Massive Open Online Courses; college courses, to be exact.

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Business & Education
12:28 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

AP: Resigned UA President Making $535K Annually

Guy Bailey resigned as president of the University of Alabama in October.
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The University of Alabama is still paying ex-President Guy Bailey $535,000 a year even though he resigned after just two months on the job.

Bailey cited his wife's health in unexpectedly quitting in late October. But university system spokeswoman Kellee Reinhart told The Associated Press on Friday that Bailey remains on the university payroll.

Bailey is officially on leave through August. He could return to campus as an English professor after that.

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Business & Education
11:26 am
Fri November 30, 2012

ASU Trustees Delay Action on Suspended President

Alabama State University President Joseph Silver was placed on administrative leave on Monday.
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Alabama State University trustees say they won't decide the fate of the school's suspended president because his mother died.

Joseph Silver's mother died Thursday night. Trustees had planned to discuss Silver at their Friday morning meeting.

Silver contends he was suspended after raising questions about financial matters at the Montgomery school, including concerns about undisclosed contracts. Silver tried to fire two top university officials.

ASU officials have denied any financial wrongdoing at the school.

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Business & Education
7:23 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Ala. School District Investigated for Harassment

Officials say a JROTC instructor at Grissom High School told students that homosexuality is sinful. The U.S. Department of Education is investigating those claims.
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The Huntsville City School District is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education over claims of harassment.


Officials say a JROTC instructor at Grissom High School told students that homosexuality is sinful.


GLBT Advocacy and Youth Services, an Alabama nonprofit, filed a complaint with the Department of Education in October.


In their complaint, the organization says the school district failed to prevent and stop harassment.


The school district received a letter from the department of education this week.

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Business & Education
7:14 am
Fri November 30, 2012

ASU Attorney: Silver Sent E-mail Firing Officials

ASU President Joseph Silver was placed on paid administrative leave on Monday. He was hired in June.
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A lawyer for Alabama State University says suspended President Joseph Silver sent letters by email telling two top administrators they were being fired.

Attorney Kenneth Thomas said the emails were sent Monday to executive vice president John Knight and communications director Danielle Kennedy during a meeting where a committee of the board of trustees placed Silver on paid administrative leave.

Thomas said the emails were sent at 5:37 p.m. and 5:38 p.m. Monday. Silver has said he fired Knight and Kennedy.

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Business & Education
6:31 am
Thu November 29, 2012

3 Finalists Picked for Presidency of AIDB

AIDB President Terry Grahamis retiring Feb. 1. He has served as president of the school for the last decade.
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A screening committee has picked three finalists for the presidency of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.


Trustees will interview John Mascia, a vice president at the school; Larry Taub, an administrator at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf; and Tyrone Yarbrough, superintendent of the Department of Youth Services school at Mt. Meigs.


The institute says the interviews will be conducted Dec. 3 on the campus in Talladega.

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5:09 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Silver Says He Did Not Get Cooperation At ASU

ASU President Joseph Silver was placed on paid administrative leave on Monday.
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Suspended Alabama State University President Joseph Silver said he did not receive cooperation from top university officials concerning the school's finances.


An executive committee of the board placed Silver on paid administrative leave Monday after Silver tried to fire executive vice president John Knight. Knight is a state representative from Montgomery.


Silver said in a written statement Wednesday that while reviewing the university's financial information, he had questions and no one would give him answers or provide requested documentation.

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Prepaid Tuition
5:01 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Parents Frustrated With Alabama's Tuition Plan

Parents with children in Alabama's prepaid college tuition program impatiently await an Alabama Supreme Court decision.
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Parents with children in Alabama's prepaid college tuition program are frustrated that they can't plan for the future while the Alabama Supreme Court decides how much tuition the program will pay.

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Business & Education
5:44 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Alabama Treasurer Announces Scholarship Program

Alabama State Treasurer Young Boozer
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State Treasurer Young Boozer has announced a new state scholarship program that's aimed at Alabama students who are often overlooked for financial assistance.

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Business & Education
8:16 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Alabama High School Graduation Rate is 72 percent

Federal education officials say Alabama has a high school graduation rate of 72 percent among all students, ranking it behind neighboring Tennessee and Mississippi, but ahead of Georgia and Florida.


The U.S. Department of Education released the data this week. It details four-year high school graduation rates in 2010-11 - the first year for which all states used a common, rigorous measure.

Federal officials say varying methods of graduation rates states used previously were unreliable for state-by-state comparisons.

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Business & Education
5:52 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Panel Votes to Place New ASU President on Leave

Alabama State University President Joseph Silver is on paid administrative leave.
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The Alabama State University Board of Trustees voted Monday to place the school's new president on paid administrative leave.



The Montgomery Advertiser reports the panel recommended that Joseph Silver be placed on leave immediately. The circumstances that led to their decision were not immediately clear.


The full board will meet Thursday at 1 p.m. to consider the recommendation while Silver is on leave.

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