- Alabama’s virtual schools face lack of online access in rural areas
- Dec 10, 6:48 AM: Soaring enrollments, growing graduation classes and expansion into new buildings underscores the recent surge in popularity in online education in Alabama.
- Maxwell forms group in hopes of improving education options for military families
- > Dec 4, 7:15 AM: The newly formed public education-focused working group at Maxwell Air Force Base has a plate full of topics to tackle, including increasing attendance at their on-base school, a streamlined application process for Montgomery's
- Scholarship families defend Alabama Accountability Act
- > Nov 29, 6:30 AM: Some of the state’s largest school systems are urging legislators to repeal the 2013 Alabama Accountability Act (AAA), but supporters of the school choice law and families benefiting from the scholarship program it created say
- Rachel Blackmon Bryars: Alabama board of education member says school choice is trying to ‘destroy a whole race of people’
- > Nov 13, 9:00 AM: Alabama board of education member Ella Bell, D-Montgomery, spoke out during a work session Thursday claiming that Alabama’s landmark tax credit scholarship program for low income families was part of an effort to “destroy a whole
- #RedForEd: Teachers rally at Alabama Supreme Court hearing
- > Nov 8, 7:41 AM: The #RedForEd campaign to raise support for public schools and teachers made its way to the state on Wednesday as hundreds of Alabama educators wearing red t-shirts and windbreakers filed into the Alabama Supreme Court building to
- Clicking for classes: Local students opt for online schooling
- > Nov 6, 6:27 AM: The Opelika resident recently spoke with the Opelika-Auburn News about her family’s experience with the online public school. Jayden attended Beauregard Elementary School when he was younger, but his mother decided to try
- Alabama Accountability Act scholarship recipients up slightly from last year
- > Nov 1, 5:57 AM: The first quarterly report by Alabama's Scholarship Granting Organizations, which receive donations to grant scholarships through the Alabama Accountability Act, shows a slight rise in the number of recipients compared to this time
- Struggling Sumter schools face more questions as charter opens
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- Three Alabama charter schools win $1 million each in federal education grants
- > Oct 10, 5:35 AM: Three Alabama public charter schools have received federal grants worth more than $1 million each when fully paid. The federal education grants were made available to help those wanting to open or replicate high-quality charter
- Here are the Alabama private schools enrolling the most students on tax-credit scholarships
- > Oct 9, 5:59 AM: Nearly 3,700 students enrolled in 147 private---and two public---schools using scholarships made available through the Alabama Accountability Act during the 2017-2018 school year, according to reports filed with the Alabama
- Opinion: The Alabama Education Association does not care about Alabama or education
- Sep 28, 5:03 AM: Alabama’s schools as a whole are not good. By any metric you want to use, the state’s schools in totality are near the bottom of the barrel.
- Education Association calls for end to state “failing schools” list
- > Sep 27, 5:38 AM: Each year, the State Department of Education is required by law to produce a list of the lowest 6 percent of schools in Alabama based on standardized assessments. Students attending schools on the list are then eligible to transfer
- Op-Ed: In defense of the Alabama Accountability Act
- > Sep 24, 6:54 AM: The Star’s Sept. 13 editorial (“Average results again about Alabama education”) portrayed the Alabama Accountability Act as “middling legislation that’s produced tepid results” based on a University of Alabama
- Alabama Accountability Act: Does changing schools improve student achievement?
- > Sep 12, 4:37 AM: The Alabama Accountability Act was created to provide school choice to impoverished students, some of whom attend so-called “failing” schools. However, a recent independent report questions if switching schools improves student
- LEAD Academy's future uncertain, awaiting decision on opening
- Aug 31, 6:29 AM: LEAD Academy would have been Montgomery's first charter school; that was until the Alabama Education Association filed a lawsuit against the school, postponing it's opening.
- Dual school system, need for better option led to Sumter County's charter school
- > Aug 29, 7:21 AM: Though the general reaction was somewhere between 'it's about time' and 'what a great story of hope,' the question of how a public charter school with a commitment to racial diversity came to be in a historically segregated
- Concern that IRS rule may hurt private school scholarships
- Aug 29, 5:37 AM: Advocates of a state-supported private school scholarship program are concerned that donations could drop under proposed new Internal Revenue Service rules by reducing the tax break that donors get.
- Military families live apart because of under-performing schools, Maxwell general says
- > Aug 22, 5:18 AM: More than 56 percent of airmen in last year's Air War College came to Montgomery without their families, said Cotton, the commander of Air University at Maxwell Air Base. Schools were the No. 1 reason given in surveys to find out
- Charter schools are keeping promises
- > Aug 20, 7:02 AM: Regardless of the specifics, Alabamians should be thankful for the good that charter schools and other innovative education options have created for students across the country. We must not, however, neglect to learn from the
- New charter school at UWA brings integration
- Aug 15, 5:51 AM: Black students and white students were learning side-by-side in integrated public school classrooms in the West Alabama county. More than half of the school’s 300-plus students are black, while just under half are white.