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Department of Education's legal counsel to become interim state school superintendent
Jul 14, 1:59 PM:

State Ed Board lawyer chosen as interim Super, but he doesn't want permanent job. Aims for consensus approach as search begins for new Super. $50K price tag for search firm sounds steep -- is it worth it? More info on >

State superintendent defends his record
Jul 14, 9:18 AM:

AL union thinks retiring State Super overstepped boundaries by recommending teachers lose licenses for inappropriate actions. Misconduct includes inappropriate sexual contact with students. Want more info on why local >

Best be ready: Mobile County schools to send unregistered students to Central Office
Jul 12, 10:35 AM:

Mobile Co., AL's electronic registration should simplify process, but kids who miss deadline face long lines at central office. Would be good to look at success of online processes elsewhere. Are other districts thinking >

Collateral costs to change Huntsville superintendents, erase debt reach $300,000
Jul 12, 10:33 AM:

Breakdown of Huntsville, AL's $300K expenses to change Supers, close schools and cut jobs. Plenty of figures on salaries, admin and consultant costs. But very little on  reasons for decisions and how they'll affect >

Birmingham city schools still face cuts in the millions
Jul 12, 8:37 AM:

AL district looking for cost-saving measures, sees a reduction in legal fees as one fix. One thing that needs explaining: why does the district pay so much for attorneys? Is it all on account of lawyer attending every >

Third of college-bound graduates in Alabama need remedial classes
Jul 12, 7:35 AM:

Spotlight here on high number of state students required to take remedial classes at university. Unclear here what's happening at elementary and high school level that leaves students unprepared for college work. Lots of >

New Huntsville superintendent wastes no time getting to work
Jul 7, 10:16 AM:

AL district's superintendent hits the ground running on first day. Financial troubles abound, it seems, and story mentions some of new boss's ideas for addressing them. Would be more informative, though, to know what he >

Drop Back In Academy a life-changer for some former high school dropouts
Jun 30, 10:14 AM:

AL's Drop Back In Academies may close after only 105 out of 1000 students graduate. Profile of success story, plus snapshot of dedicated teachers. $4.4M sounds a lot. But considering social and economic costs of >

Mobile County school officials to revisit contract with Drop Back In Academies
Jun 28, 1:15 PM:

Questions if Mobile Co. "dropout schools" are worth $4M after only 32 (out of 1,035) kids graduate. Presents contrasting views, with outline of program. Big question is whether another provider could do better. Compare  >

Mobile County school officials to revisit contract with Drop Back In Academies
Jun 28, 12:23 PM:

Spotlight on Mobile Co., AL's effort to get school dropouts to "drop back in", but program is costly. Article details more than $4M spent and the relatively few students who actually finish and graduate high school. Tell >

Paying our teachers: It’s a problem
Jun 21, 8:33 AM:

Story chronicles AL teaching crisis: the struggle to attract top teachers and retain those who succeed. Uses hard data plus examples from international community and other states to emphasize point. A thorough analysis >

Former Huntsville City Schools CFO earns same salary despite resignation
Jun 17, 11:06 AM:

Resigned chief financial officer for AL district still collecting same salary despite having fewer duties. Journal-Constitution coverage misses the big question: why did he step down in the first place? Simply says he >

Teach for America to add 55 teachers to Alabama schools
Jun 9, 2:08 PM:

New Teach for America teachers coming to AL. But isn't there a better way to underscore their success in schools than pointing to high percentage of principals who say these teachers have "positive impact" in classes?  >

Bessemer school board to name superintendent today
Jun 7, 9:50 AM:

Two finalists competing for top job in Bessemer. Details here on candidates' previous positions and what they bring to the table. Would like to hear from parents and see more info on what they think Bessemer district >

Analysis: Huntsville school closures a challenge
Jun 7, 9:48 AM:

Facing $20M debt, Huntsville school system looks at closing and/or consolidating. Detailed look at each school and problems posed by change. Unclear why losing students. Tell reader whether it's due to aging population >

Montgomery magnet programs ranked among best schools
Jun 1, 2:14 PM:

2 Montgomery magnet schools ranked among best public schools nationwide by Washington Post. Vaguely credits "parent and community involvement". Tell us more about results and teaching methods. What can other schools >

Editorial: A new tenure law, yet again
May 31, 11:22 AM:

Messy politics in AL teacher tenure debate. State must strike balance between allowing fair arbitration for teachers while easing process for districts to remove ineffective ones. Huntsville Times doesn't see it >

Tri-county area graduation rates best state
May 27, 2:33 PM:

Hails 10-point rise in Montgomery Co. graduation rates, now ahead of statewide average. Credits new career academies and programs to help struggling students. Equates pre-K investment with lower dropout rate -- would be >

OUR VIEW: The state Legislature has no business passing a bill to set meeting times for the Birmingham Board of Education
May 27, 2:31 PM:

Editorial takes issue with bill that would mandate Birmingham Ed Board start its meetings no earlier than 6pm. Makes argument for local control and against legislative meddling. Valid points, but does this issue really >

House OKs bill to elect Montgomery superintendent
May 27, 1:29 PM:

Controversial bill would allow Montgomery voters to elect their superintendent. Some charge legislation is politically motivated. Maybe, but why not take the time to look at nearby districts who have adopted policy. Has >



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