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The 2024 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature officially began on Tuesday, February 6, 2024. As mandated by the Alabama read more

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Updated Tuesday, February 13, 2024 Governor Ivey’s Recommended FY2025 ETF Budget Last week, the Governor’s proposed budgets were released. As read more

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Recapping important State Board of Education policy decisions for you Here are our key takeaways from the January 30th – read more

- Charity Gardner

The 2024 Alabama Legislative Session starts on Tuesday, February 6th, 2024. Education policy is going to be a huge priority, read more

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Recapping important State Board of Education policy decisions for you Here are our key takeaways from the January 11th State read more

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Looking Back on 2023’s Education Policy Wins 2024 has officially begun! The 2024 Legislative Session is now only a month read more

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Recapping important State Board of Education policy decisions for you Here are our key takeaways from the December 14th State read more

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Recapping important State Board of Education policy decisions for you October is Principals’ Month, and the Board meeting featured principal read more

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Recapping important State Board of Education policy decisions for you October is Principals’ Month, and the Board meeting featured principal read more

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Recapping important State Board of Education policy decisions for you Here are our key takeaways from the September 14th State read more

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Recapping important education policy decisions for you The Board met in Tuscaloosa on August 29th and 30th for its final read more

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Recapping important State Board of Education policy decisions for you Here are our key takeaways from the August 10th State read more

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Recapping important State Board of Education policy decisions for you Here are our key takeaways from the July 11th State read more

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As usual, the 2023 Legislative Session was a busy time for education in the state. This year, lawmakers introduced a read more

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Recapping important State Board of Education policy decisions for you Here are our key takeaways from the June 8th State read more

- Charity Gardner

It’s that time of year again! The 2023 Alabama Legislative Session will begin on March 7, during which important budgetary read more

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Recapping important State Board of Education policy decisions for you Here are our key takeaways from the May 11th State read more

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Recapping important State Board of Education policy decisions for you Here are our key takeaways from the April 13th State read more

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The 2023 Regular Legislative Session resumes next week (April 4th) following a Special Session to appropriate federal ARPA funding and read more

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The 2023 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature officially began on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. As mandated by the Alabama read more

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The Alabama Legislature convenes for the 2023 Legislative Session on Tuesday, March 7th, and the Education Trust Fund budget, as read more

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Recapping important State Board of Education policy decisions for you Here are our key takeaways from the February 9th State read more

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By: Corinn O’Brien, Vice President of Policy, A+ Education Partnership  This piece was originally published in Alabama Daily News read more

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By Corinn O’Brien, VP of Policy, A+ Education Partnership This piece was originally published in Alabama Daily News read more

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Recapping important State Board of Education policy decisions for you Here are our key takeaways from the January 12th State read more

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Recapping important State Board of Education policy decisions for you The Alabama State Board of Education usually meets on the read more

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Written by Corinn O’Brien, VP of Policy Recapping important education policy decisions for you The Alabama State Board of Education read more

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Written by Corinn O’Brien, VP of Policy Recapping important education policy decisions for you The Alabama State Board of Education 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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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