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Striving to meet standards
Aug 15, 1:13 PM:

Only 5 area AL school systems make AYP goals. Districts not meeting benchmarks have to direct portion of Title I money towards improvement at schools where at least 40% of student body falls below poverty line. Backlash >

Special ed students left behind as NCLB fizzles
Aug 15, 10:10 AM:

Concern that students with special needs will be left behind as NCLB law changes. Shows how sp ed teachers in one  AL school decides to use graphic organizers to improve math and reading skills. These organizers have >

Former Gov. Riley can help improve public schools
Aug 15, 7:41 AM:

Former AL governor pledges to reform state's education. Part of initiatve to attract high-tech jobs to state. HIs focus includes: charter schools, performance pay and prospect of consolidating schools in rural areas. >

Cherokee County school system meets AYP goals for 2010-11
Aug 9, 11:36 AM:

AL district met AYP targets, landing in the minority. Only one school did not meet 100% of its goal. For that school, district plans to develop strategies to address gaps in math and reading scores that have persisted.

What’s good for students: It’s time to reform No Child Left Behind Act
Aug 5, 7:51 AM:

Editorial argues NCLB doesn't accurately reflect schools' achievement. It has admirable aims, but fails to account for inconsistency in learning and groups special ed students with entire school population. 73% of AL >

Parents weigh in on what earns a school an
Aug 4, 10:21 AM:

AL parents asked priorities in giving schools "A" rating. More than half say funding affects educational quality. Perhaps this is because of how questions were worded. Survey conducted by arm of teachers union, so >

Many schools meet goals
Aug 3, 11:33 AM:

Sylacauga, AL, is only 1 of 5 local school systems to achieve AYP. Super credits elementary staff for gains in math and reading. Other counties narrowly miss goals in some areas. Many fall behind in special ed. >

Did your child's school meet adequate yearly progress (AYP)?
Aug 2, 2:14 PM:

School report cards out for AL schools. Superintendents commends students and educators for their effort in meeting ever-increasing standards. Encourages whoever is reviewing numbers to recognize that they don't tell the >

Local schools cited for poor scores of special ed students
Aug 2, 10:01 AM:

Many AL schools fail to meet NCLB requirements for kids with special needs. 5 out of 6 Anniston schools fall below standard, while 2 lag behind on grad rates. It's important to hold schools accountable for providing all >

Majority of Wiregrass schools meet AYP
Aug 2, 9:50 AM:

Fewer AL schools meet NCLB requirements, but grad rate up slightly. Tougher standards and tight budgets blamed for lack of progress. Lists under-performing Wiregrass schools. District super says many schools only >

Private schools get public money for teacher training
Jul 26, 12:28 PM:

Private schools get federal money for teacher training/development under Title II Part A. Focus is on controversy of public funds going to private entities. Fine to point out that private school parents are taxpaying >

11 have applied, so far, for Mobile County superintendent
Jul 26, 11:33 AM:

Candidates rolling in for superintendent spot at largest AL district. Board seems pleased with applicants. Plans to ask public for input on desired qualities for new leader, a welcome effort, but would be nice to hear >

Birmingham City School bells will shift for academies
Jul 19, 10:49 AM:

Schedule changes in AL intended to help students, but it's not clear how. Story could do a much better job of explaining potential benefits. Also, idea of having students meet with advisers four times a week is quickly >

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 >



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