State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice

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The Alabama Board of Education has delayed releasing a list of schools that are failing under language included in the Alabama Accountability Act.

   School board officials said Wednesday that the announcement by schools Superintendent Tommy Bice had been scheduled for Thursday, and was then rescheduled for next week. Officials said the release would likely be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the media briefing room at the Gordon Persons Building.

Alabama schools superintendent Tommy Bice says the state's schools have a comprehensive safety plan which he feels good about.

Bice's comments came during a Thursday work session of the Alabama Board of Education. The session was called to discuss safety in state schools in the wake of last month's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

The superintendent has asked state public school systems to turn in their school safety plans to him by early next month.

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Gov. Robert Bentley is creating a task force aimed at helping students better prepare for successful careers.

The governor signed an executive order Tuesday in Columbiana forming the College and Career Ready Task Force. He says it will bring together representatives of K-12 schools, two-year and four-year colleges and the business community to help the state offer a more coordinated approach to workforce development.