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New charter school could be coming to Tuscaloosa by 2020
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Feb 11, 6:39 AM: Even as she and others were organizing the Capitol School more than 25 years ago in Tuscaloosa, Barbara Rountree hoped the new school would become Alabama’s first charter school.
Letter: Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund
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Feb 7, 6:58 AM: For the past five years, she’s been thriving in a school where she is encouraged to get the best education possible. The scholarship has made it possible for my granddaughter to receive an education that will allow her to soar into >
Opinion: JeffCo school board votes to repeal AAA. Will Alabama teachers finally take a stand?
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Feb 6, 6:37 AM: The Jefferson County Board of Education on Monday voted to pass a resolution calling for an end to the Alabama Accountability Act — the Republican-passed tax scam that funnels millions of dollars every year out of public school >
Alabama charter school commission adds new charter, expands others
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Feb 5, 6:24 AM: A new public charter school will open in the city of Tuscaloosa in fall 2020, approved by the Alabama Public Charter School Commission at its meeting in Montgomery on Monday.
17 years old? Don’t count on a public education in Alabama
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Feb 4, 6:53 AM: Nix said he couldn't believe that Alabama county school officials had the right to deny him a public education solely based on his age. Nix took a job at the local yarn factory, but still yearned for that high school >
Charter school to open in west Birmingham
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Jan 31, 7:27 AM: Birmingham’s first public charter school has found a home. Legacy Prep, known as STAR Academy when it was approved two years ago, will be located in west Birmingham in the Daniel Payne Community Plaza.
Why aren’t Montgomery’s charter schools following the rules?
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Jan 31, 6:35 AM: When the Alabama Legislature passed the law allowing charters in the state, they spent some time putting together a written plan with steps that must be followed. Things like: any organization wishing to start a charter school must >
Alabama seeing more school choice, but fights continue over what works best
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Jan 30, 7:30 AM: The most controversial school choice program by far is the tax-credit scholarship program part of the Alabama Accountability Act. That program allows low-income students and students in schools labeled “failing” to use funds >
Birmingham’s first public charter school to open at multi-use site
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Jan 29, 8:05 AM: Birmingham's first public charter school, Legacy Prep, has secured a location in the Daniel Payne Community Plaza.
Are Alabama’s latest high school graduation rates real?
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Jan 28, 8:51 AM: Federal high school graduation rates for the 2016-17 school year are out, and once again, Alabama finds itself at or near the top of the list. This time Alabama touts the highest graduation rate among all states and the District of >
Birmingham Denies Application For Woodlawn Charter School
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Jan 25, 6:10 AM: This is the third time the Birmingham school board has rejected a charter school application. Charter organizers can appeal the local school board’s decision to state. If the state approves the application on appeal, the local >
76 Alabama schools on ‘failing’ list
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Jan 23, 7:45 AM: For the second year in a row, the Alabama State Department of Education on Friday quietly posted the new list of schools declared "failing" under the Alabama Accountability Act.
Commentary: Four myths to dispel during Alabama School Choice Week
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Jan 23, 6:33 AM: Gov. Kay Ivey recently proclaimed this “Alabama School Choice Week” and thousands of families will celebrate reforms created by the Alabama Accountability Act, including scholarships so low-income parents can transfer their children >
Birmingham charter school applicant, I3 Academy, holds hearing
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Jan 11, 6:11 AM: The founders of Birmingham’s next charter school hopeful, I3 Academy, heard from supporters and opponents at a meeting in Birmingham Thursday evening.
Coalition forms to support children, parents seeking better schools
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Jan 11, 5:59 AM: The AAA Coalition includes schools, children’s advocacy organizations, scholarship funds and a business organization. The group’s name is derived from the Alabama Accountability Act (AAA) which is the law put in place to allow >
Letter: In defense of AAA repeal
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Dec 27, 7:17 AM: To suggest that education funding is where it needs to be for Alabama, and that we should be happy with recent tiny increases, is an insult to our great teachers and faculty. Anything that decreases our already deficient funding of >
Montgomery's first charter school approved to open in 2019
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Dec 21, 8:21 AM: After months of waiting, the Montgomery Education Foundation has been given the greenlight to open the county's first charter school system which will gradually take over four current Montgomery public schools.
Montgomery gets approval to convert 4 schools to charters
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Dec 21, 7:07 AM: Four public schools in Montgomery are scheduled to become charter schools in an unprecedented step intended to improve learning in a troubled system.
Civil rights lawyer hired in Sumter County lawsuit over charter school
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Dec 17, 8:23 AM: Retired federal Judge U. W. Clemon was hired by the Sumter County Board of Education to work in some capacity in the ongoing lawsuit the board filed against the University of West Alabama over the use of the former Livingston High >
Alabama’s virtual schools face lack of online access in rural areas
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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.

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