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Recapping important education policy decisions for you We’re continuing our monthly series dedicated to keeping you informed about key policy read more

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Recapping important education policy decisions for you We’re continuing our monthly series dedicated to keeping you informed about key policy read more

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Recapping important education policy decisions for you We’re continuing our monthly series dedicated to keeping you informed about key policy read more

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Recapping important education policy decisions for you We’re continuing our monthly series dedicated to keeping you informed about key policy read more

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Recapping important education policy decisions for you We’re continuing our monthly series dedicated to keeping you informed about key policy read more

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Over $3 billion is coming to Alabama schools from the three rounds of federal funding in order to address the read more

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Recapping important education policy decisions for you We’re continuing our monthly series dedicated to keeping you informed about key policy read more

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Last Thursday was the conclusion of the 2022 Legislative Session and the final year of this quadrennium, which means legislators read more

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Recapping important education policy decisions for you We’re continuing our monthly series dedicated to keeping you informed about key policy read more

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It’s that time of year again! The 2022 Alabama Legislative Session began on January 11th, during which important budgetary decisions read more

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  Written by Corinn O’Brien Vice President of Policy   If there is one thing that we know for read more

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Recapping important education policy decisions for you We’re continuing our monthly series dedicated to keeping you informed about key policy read more

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We are halfway through the 2022 Legislative Session, and there are some big updates in education policy – especially this read more

- Charity Gardner

Written by Charity Gardner Policy Analyst, A+ Education Partnership   Introduction Throughout the pandemic and shutdowns, students have missed read more

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Recapping important education policy decisions for you We’re continuing our monthly series dedicated to keeping you informed about key policy read more

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The 2022 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature officially began on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. As mandated by the Alabama read more

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Recapping important education policy decisions for you We’re continuing our monthly series dedicated to keeping you informed about key policy read more

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Written by Charity Gardner Policy Manager, A+ Education Partnership   Over $3 billion is coming to Alabama schools from read more

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Recapping important education policy decisions for you We’re continuing our monthly series dedicated to keeping you informed about key policy read more

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By Corinn O’Brien Vice President of Policy, A+ Education Partnership   Over $3 billion is coming to Alabama read more

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District ARP applications can be found on egrant.alsde.edu. Watch the video below to learn how to find your district’s read more

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Recapping important education policy decisions for you We’re continuing our monthly series dedicated to keeping you informed about key policy read more

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Nationwide, public schools are receiving an unprecedented influx in federal funds to address the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. read more

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Recapping important education policy decisions for you We’re continuing our monthly series dedicated to keeping you informed about key policy read more

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A new poll surveying Republican voters released by Alabama Daily News on the U.S. Senate Race and other statewide issues, read more

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Recapping important education policy decisions for you We’re continuing our monthly series dedicated to keeping you informed about key policy read more

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Recapping important education policy decisions for you We’re continuing our monthly series dedicated to keeping you informed about key policy read more

- Mark Dixon

Below is a letter shared with each member of the Alabama State Board of Education regarding a board resolution that read more

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For most students, leaving school for the academic year is met with anticipation and excitement. For parents and families, it read more

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Recapping important education policy decisions for you We’re continuing our monthly series dedicated to keeping you informed about key policy read more

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Recapping important education policy decisions for you We’re continuing our monthly series dedicated to keeping you informed about key policy read more

- Mark Dixon

On Thursday, Governor Kay Ivey vetoed a bill that would have delayed the 3rd grade retention provision of the Alabama read more

- Mark Dixon

We have been sharing the same message since the inception of the Alabama Literacy Act in 2019: the law read more

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Recapping important education policy decisions for you We’re continuing our monthly series dedicated to keeping you informed about key policy read more

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It’s that time of year again! The 2021 Alabama Legislative Session began on February 2nd, and during the session important read more

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Recapping important education policy decisions for you We’re continuing our monthly series dedicated to keeping you informed about key policy read more

- Dr. Matt L Smith

A third round of COVID relief is on the way for Alabama’s public schools. The American Rescue Plan Act read more

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Recapping important education policy decisions for you We’re continuing our monthly series dedicated to keeping you informed about key policy read more

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Read the Proposal: Tackling Unfinished Learning and Learning Loss: Support Expanded Access to High-Quality Afterschool & Summer Programs for read more

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The 2021 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature officially began on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. As mandated by the Alabama read more

- Dr. Matt L Smith

New relief is on the way for Alabama’s public schools. A $900 billion dollar aid package was approved by read more

- Dr. Matt L Smith

What…a…week. The 2020 election proved to be the tense, too-close-to-call, more than one night affair that many pundits predicted. read more

- Dr. Matt L Smith

Access to high-speed internet and digital devices is imperative for students to succeed in a world impacted by the COVID-19 read more

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This month, A+ Education Partnership welcomed our newest team member and lifelong educator, Matt L. Smith, Ed.L.D. Matt has joined read more

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The reality of schooling in America looks vastly different than it did at the beginning of last school year. COVID-19 read more

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On Friday, June 26, 2020, the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) released their plan for reopening schools for the read more

- Mark Dixon

UPDATE Saturday, May 9, 2020 The full Alabama Senate convened this morning to vote on the Senate version of the read more

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On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Alabama voters went to the polls and voted on Amendment 1, which gave them the read more

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Congratulations to Carol Yarbrough, A+ College Ready’s Computer Science Content Director, for becoming Alabama’s first certified computer science teacher! Carol read more

- Mark Dixon

  Last week, the Alabama House of Representatives voted 92-3 to pass the Alabama Literacy Act (HB 388) with read more

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  Written by Mark Dixon President, A+ Education Partnership   What are the jobs of the future, and how read more

- Thomas Rains

On the evening of March 5, Gov. Ivey stood in the Old House Chamber of the State Capitol and read more

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The proposed new Mathematics Course of Study has the potential “to give ALL students, not just the brightest ones, more access to rigorous standards and quality math education.” Tammy Dunn,… read more

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Alabama is facing a teacher shortage. Here’s how to solve it. Everyone is talking about Millennials these days. Good read more

- Thomas Rains

In July, the State Board of Education voted to contract with Data Recognition Corp. (DRC) to create a new summative state test for Alabama. This was expected, but it may… read more

- Thomas Rains

A+’s policy fellow this summer, Shelton Bowens, created the Alabama Teacher Certification Roadmap for potential teachers to map out the steps they need to take to get certified to teach… read more

- Thomas Rains

As we celebrate National Charter Schools Week, it’s clear Alabamians are beginning to take advantage of the innovative possibilities of public charter schools to ensure all Alabama students are well… read more

- Jill West

A+ College Ready partnered with the Alabama Governor’s office and the Governor’s Computer Science Task Force to co-host the state’s first-ever Computer Science Education (CSE) Summit in Montgomery. Hadi Partovi,… read more

- Thomas Rains

Alabama is on the verge of making one of its largest education policy decisions of the next decade, a decision that will result in how more than $60 million of… read more

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Written by Valerie Johnson, M. Ed., NBCT Principal, Semmes Elementary (Mobile County) (Published with permission from author)     read more

- Thomas Rains

On Thursday the State Board of Education is expected to consider a resolution during its work session read more

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Written by Jeremy Zelkowski, Ph.D. | Associate Professor Co-Chair, ALSDE Mathematics Strategic Planning Committee (Published read more

- Thomas Rains

Supt. Mike Sentance clarified last week during the State Board of Education’s work session that Alabama will use Scantron read more

- Thomas Rains

Yesterday the State Board of Education voted to end use of the ACT Aspire as Alabama’s annual standardized test read more

- Thomas Rains

Alabama does not have an education system designed to educate all children. It never has. But, the possibility of laying read more

- Thomas Rains

Alabama is having a crisis of confidence in the ACT Aspire, and it’s unclear whether it’s warranted.   At read more

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A+ joined an important discussion about issues facing Alabama’s children – past and present – at the Montgomery regional meeting read more

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In anticipation of the release of the state’s student assessment scores November 12th, A+ VP of Operations and Policy presented read more

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In 2015, 16% of Alabama high school graduates were ready for college, according to ACT data that was released last read more

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With continued misinformation being circulated regarding Alabama’s College and Career Ready Standards, which are based on the Common Core State read more

- Thomas Rains

An A+ Commentary on Troy University Studies There has been so much focus on how we can better educate Alabama’s read more

- Thomas Rains

The beginning of the school year is upon us, and with it has come talk about reviving a state mandate read more

- Thomas Rains

On the surface, the 2014 session of the Alabama Legislature was fairly uneventful, unless you were really paying attention to read more

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With the large amount of conflicting information about Alabama’s College and Career Ready Standards, based on the Common Core State read more

- Thomas Rains

The Legislature is a third of the way through its session this week, and so far the 2014 Session has read more

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This past week, we watched teachers and principals from all across the state step up and take care of their read more

- Thomas Rains

Alabama is implementing a new generation of standardized tests that will provide more clarity for students, parents, teachers, administrators and read more

- Thomas Rains

What does it mean to “raise the bar” in schools? How will the College and Career Ready Standards do that? read more

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The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) released the anticipated list of schools identified as “failing” as mandated by the read more

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State Department leaders responsible for implementation of state learning standards delivered a progress report on implementation of the new math read more

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We’ve put together a brief update on the reports and actions from the Alabama State Board of Education during its read more

- Thomas Rains

  Challenges to the Alabama College & Career Ready Standards A total of five bills have been introduced in the read more

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The Education Trust Fund budget is awaiting action in the full Senate after versions passed the House and the Senate read more

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The Education Trust Fund budget introduced recently by the House budget committee recommends level funding for Alabama’s Advanced Placement (AP) read more

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What was planned as a news conference by the Alabama State Department of Education to clarify the facts surrounding the read more

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Wednesday morning (April 17th), the Senate Education Committee voted —through a controversial voice vote—to repeal Alabama’s College and Career Ready read more

- Thomas Rains

Sen. Dick Brewbaker, the Senate Education Committee chair and sponsor of SB190 delayed committee action on his bill, he said, read more

- Thomas Rains

There’s been a fair amount of discussion regarding whether the Local School Control Flexibility Act is another method of allowing read more

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Encouraging innovation in Alabama’s schools is a top priority for legislative leaders and for educators around the state who have read more

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In January, Governor Bentley announced the formation of a new College and Career Ready Task Force, bringing together leaders of read more

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What will it take to make all Alabama students college- and career-ready? In order to have the best educational system read more

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Last week the State Board of Education approved its budget and policy recommendations for the 2014 fiscal year with an read more

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While not at the top of the ballot, voters decided education issues yesterday in states across the country, including Alabama. read more

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Alabama voters will choose on November 6 whether to remove racist and defunct language from the state constitution in order read more

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Presidential Candidates Share Similar Vision of Education: Differ Some on the Methods Skimming through multiple articles and briefs on read more

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After many weeks of work and collaboration with education leaders around the state, including A+ Education Partnership, the Alabama State read more

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In an editorial written by Joel I. Klein and published on TIME.com (July 16th), the former chancellor read more

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With the release of Alabama’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) scores, there are reasons to both celebrate and remain concerned. The read more