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Charter school change legislation advances
Apr 21, 6:06 AM: Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, said legislation she is sponsoring will clarify and make requested changes to the state’s charter school law. Opponents of the bill said it will make it easier for a state commission to override local >
Singled out as worst on school choice, Mobile invites U.S. education secretary for visit
Mar 31, 7:27 AM: After U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos called out Mobile County Schools for earning a failing grade on school choice, Mobile Superintendent Martha Peek did what any good southerner would: She invited DeVos to visit.
Charter school plan takes shape
Mar 7, 7:16 AM: The University of West Alabama is moving ahead with the application process to form a university-affiliated charter school.
Senators OK tax breaks to entice donations for K-12 scholarships
Feb 24, 6:06 AM: Alabama senators on Thursday narrowly approved expanding tax breaks to entice more donations to a state program that provides scholarships for students to private K-12 schools.
Lawmakers hear proposed changes to Alabama public charter school law
Feb 23, 6:53 AM: Lawmakers were given another week to review proposed tweaks to Alabama's charter school law in the House education policy committee today, after the bill's sponsor, Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, said the state department of >
Accountability Act changes set off debate, questions
Feb 16, 6:12 AM: A bill to modify the tax credits allowed in the Alabama Accountability Act was approved in committee Wednesday, but not before debate turned to the overall merits of the 2013 law.
State to takeover nearly two dozen MPS schools
Feb 10, 6:45 AM: The State Board of Education unanimously approved a Montgomery Public Schools intervention Thursday that will focus on 20 to 23 of the district’s 56 schools and last for approximately three to five years.
MPS consents to intervention in letter to state
Feb 9, 7:04 AM: The 221-page letter, submitted within the last hour before the Feb. 7 deadline, was released to the public Wednesday by ALSDE. The letter outlines MPS' initiatives that are already in place to address some of the state's concerns in >
School choice rally draws more than 2,000 supporters to Montgomery
Jan 30, 7:36 AM: Huntsville resident Kayla Harris and her children traveled to Montgomery to attend the National School Choice Week rally Friday morning. They were just a few of more than 2,000 people from 50 schools across Alabama attending the >
Birmingham school board denies both charter applicants in unanimous vote
Jan 25, 6:04 AM: The vote came after more than a dozen supporters of STAR Academy, one of the applicants, asked board members to approve the charter during a public hearing prior to the vote.
White students in Huntsville can’t transfer out of ‘failing’ schools
Jan 20, 7:05 AM: The Alabama Accountability Act says that she can. The state law allows students to transfer out of 'failing' schools and into non-failing schools within the same school system. But McAfee's daughter won't be eligible for transfer >
Desegregation order could override failing schools’ students choice to transfer in Huntsville
Jan 16, 5:55 AM: Two Huntsville City Schools are on a failing list released by the Alabama Education Department. According to Alabama law, students who attend a failing school could transfer to a passing one.
Jefferson County educators criticizes failing schools list under Ala. Accountability Act
Jan 12, 6:52 AM: Wednesday, Jefferson County School Superintendent Craig Pouncey blasted the accountability act, calling it "a convergent attempt to create a voucher system in the state which would allow public funds to be redirected for the purpose >
Montgomery County school board hopeful about state help
Jan 6, 6:55 AM: Some Montgomery County Board of Education members said today they are hopeful that a possible intervention by the state Department of Education could benefit students.
State plans takeover of MPS after failing schools list grows
Jan 5, 9:27 AM: The State Department of Education is preparing to take over Montgomery Public Schools after the district reportedly almost doubled its list of failing schools in 2016.
Tuscaloosa City Schools considers expanding school choice
Dec 30, 6:31 AM: Currently, two city schools in Tuscaloosa are covered under the school choice option. In January, the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education will hold a first reading on a broader school choice policy.
Star Academy hopes to become AL’s first charter school
Dec 15, 6:24 AM: The community gathered Wednesday night to inform parents that their kids could have a choice. Often times, students attend zoned schools no matter if that school is considered a failing one.
UWA charter school panel could draft application
Dec 13, 6:47 AM: The exploratory committee researching a possible K-12 school on the University of West Alabama campus is now focusing on the viability of a charter school option.
UWA panel to study charter school option
Dec 12, 7:54 AM: An exploratory committee at the University of West Alabama tasked with researching the feasibility of a K-12 school on campus is expected to recommend creation of a group of university employees to further explore the option of a >
Charter schools inching toward reality in Alabama
Nov 16, 7:48 AM: Though charter school creation is inching forward slowly, Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said he is not worried about the pace.



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