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Alien Invasion Joke Terrifies Alabama Town

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 08.30.2013 | Weird News

When it comes to media, the line between truth and fiction is sometimes hazier than the Milky Way. Just ask Star 94.9, the Alabama radio station that ...

What States Are Doing To Encourage The Growth Of Private Schools

Stateline | Elaine S. Povich | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Ed Today: Bill Gates's Education Philanthropy Over Time; New York City Parents Sue Over School Funding

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Gates's Gigantic Growth? Michigan State University Professor Sarah Reckhow takes a look at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's funding patterns over on Alexander Russo's blog. "The decade from 2000 to 2010 was a time of enormous growth and evolution for the Gates Foundation," Reckhow writes. "Warren Buffett's pledge of more than $30 billion substantially increased the Gates Foundation's resources, and grant-making more than doubled from 2005 to 2009. Even more marked are the Foundation's dramatically shifted priorities." Over the years, Gates has shifted its money from directly funding schools to instead subsidizing research, advocacy and activism.

Alabama Teachers Get School Shooter Training After Newtown Massacre

Posted 01.07.2013 | Education

More than 100 Jefferson County teachers and administrators in Alabama took part in active school shooter training last week in the latest round of sec...

Alabama Adopts New Physical Fitness Assessment For Students In Grades 2-12

Posted 11.28.2012 | Education

In an effort to curb childhood obesity and promote health-related fitness, Alabama public schools have adopted the Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment...

Alabama School Board's First Post-Recession Budget Seeks $415M Increase

Posted 01.08.2013 | Education

In its first post-recession public schools budget proposal, the Alabama Board of Education approved Thursday a recommendation to funnel $4.1 billion t...

Alabama's New Technical High School Offers Different Pathway To Success

The Montgomery Advertiser | Tiffany Nabors | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education

When freshman Ward Andrew learned about the construction program at the new Montgomery Technical Educational Center, he didn't think twice about regis...

SPLC Sues Alabama Education Department For Refusing To Release Latino Student Attendance Data

Posted 10.12.2012 | Education

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Education after the agency refused to release public records det...

Joy Resmovits

Texas 41st State To Back Away From Bush's No Child Law | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.08.2012 | Education

Texas, the state that launched school accountability as an experiment, has applied to untangle itself from parts of the federal No Child Left Behind m...

Joy Resmovits

Teachers' Unions Support Anti-Gay, Anti-Abortion Candidates | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.06.2012 | Education

It was the middle of July, and the race to represent Indiana's 36th district in the state senate was heating up. Incumbent Brent Waltz, an investment-...

Education Funding Drops In More Than Half Of States

Posted 09.05.2012 | Education

The recession's impact on American education has not yet dissipated, as more than half of states are slashing their education budgets this year. Ac...

See Something, Say Something

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On June 25th, the U.S. Supreme Court in Miller v. Alabama banned mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for juveniles. This is a major victory for children and for America and a giant step forward for justice for children. Until this week, America was the only country in the world to routinely condemn children as young as 13 and 14 to die in prison. Now about two thousand people who were sentenced to die in prison as juveniles have hope for a new hearing and a new sentence. While it is disappointing that the Court did not ban the practice outright, we must keep working toward justice for children and end the devastating Cradle to Prison Pipeline crisis that leads to marginalized lives, imprisonment, and premature death.

Alabama School District Settles 50-Year-Old Segregation Lawsuit

Reuters | Posted 08.26.2012 | Education

By Lily Kuo WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) - A school district in Alabama has agreed to hire more non-whites to settle a nearly 50-yea...

"Unsung Hero": Alabama Students Discover Nicholas Katzenbach

Mary Daily | Posted 07.20.2012 | College
Mary Daily

A group of students at the University of Alabama is planning a memorial event in June to honor Nicholas Katzenbach who died on May 8th at age 90.

Hispanic Students of Alabama Fight the Power! Here's How

Jessica Hoppe | Posted 07.20.2012 | Latino Voices
Jessica Hoppe

It is clear to see that Republican Sen. Scott Beason will do whatever it takes to eradicate illegal immigration from Alabama.

Feds: Alabama Immigration Law Will Have 'Continuing And Lasting' Consequences

Posted 07.06.2012 | Education

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a stark warning against Alabama's controversial immigration law, which feds say has caused "increased hostil...

Elise Foley

Potential Changes Filed For Alabama Immigration Law | Elise Foley | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Alabama lawmakers took the first step Thursday toward amending -- but not repealing -- the state's contested immigration law. Republ...

Alabama Bill Would Allow Churches To Teach Religion To Public School Students

Posted 07.23.2012 | Religion

By Greg Garrison Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) A bill in Alabama would allow churches or ministries to teach a religion class to pu...

GOP Lawkmaker: Keeping Teacher Pay Low 'A Biblical Principle'

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education

Someone alert the unions: raising teacher pay will actually make for worse teachers--according to one GOP lawmaker. Alabama state Sen. Shadrack McG...

Amazing Alabama School Develops Unique Program For Autistic Teens

Posted 07.20.2012 | Home

An amazing high school in Alabama is paving the way for other schools to successfully integrate their autistic students into classroom activities -- a...

Universal Rights Extend to Alabama

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 07.23.2012 | Latino Voices
Sec. Hilda Solis

The Department of Labor will vigorously protect the right of all workers in Alabama to have their federal right to a legal wage protected.

The One Thing Keep Kanye Silent | Posted 07.23.2012 | Black Voices

Very few things can keep Kanye West silent. The rapper is known for being outspoken and sharing his opinions on anything from pop culture to politics....

Let Children Learn -- In Alabama and Beyond

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Azadeh Shahshahani

No child in this country can be denied a public education. This is settled law, but not for Alabama legislators, who passed an anti-immigrant law with a provision requiring elementary and secondary schools to determine students' and parents' citizenship status.

Latino Father In Alabama Claims His Daughter, An American Citizen, Was 'Singled Out' Due To HB56

Posted 07.23.2012 | Latino Voices

Cineo Gonzales says his daughter, an American citizen, came home from school with a paper explaining HB56, Alabama's new immigration law thought to be...

Alabama Attorney General Rebuffs Fed's "Express Authority" In School Immigrant Probe

Posted 01.07.2012 | Education

In the latest of a series of sparring letters between the U.S. Justice Department and Alabama over educational issues surrounding the state's new immi...