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The Alabama Department of Education is using an online survey to measure Alabamians' opinions about the quality of the career and technical education being offered in Alabama's public schools.

The department says responses to the survey will help it plan for the future and better serve students, parents and communities.

The web address for the survey is:

The deadline for taking the survey is Feb. 21. The department says the results will be available on its website ( ) starting in March. / Alabama Department of Education

The Alabama Legislature is getting closer to selling $50 million in bonds to buy equipment for technical programs in Alabama's public schools.

The Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee on Wednesday approved bond issue legislation that passed the House earlier. The bill now goes to the Senate.

Alabama's director of technical education, Philip Cleveland, says public schools last received state funding for new technical education equipment in 2005. He says some are teaching students on outdated equipment that is no longer used by Alabama businesses.