Alabama

States Educational Opportunities and Performance in Alabama
This Quality Counts 2020 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 21, 2020
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Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton, the commander and president of Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, speaks at the Air University Public K-12 Education Symposium held in Montgomery earlier this month.
Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton, the commander and president of Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, speaks at the Air University Public K-12 Education Symposium held in Montgomery earlier this month.
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Accountability School Quality a Critical Family Issue for Military
Concerns about local school systems can pose recruitment and retention hurdles for the armed services as they seek to meet the needs of military families.
Daarel Burnette II, September 24, 2019
6 min read
Equity & Diversity Secessions Exacerbate Segregation, Study Finds
Court-ordered school desegregation has been more successful in the South than in any other region of the country, but researchers have noted a new threat: the growing number of communities that are seceding from larger school districts to form their own.
Christina A. Samuels, September 10, 2019
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States Educational Opportunities and Performance in Alabama
This Quality Counts 2019 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 16, 2019
5 min read
School & District Management Video Superintendent Avis Williams on the Power of Building Personal Networks at Education Week Leaders To Learn From Event
Avis Williams, superintendent, Selma City Schools, Ala., discusses the power of one-on-one conversations, exchanging ideas with colleagues, and deepening relationships, at Education Week Leaders To Learn From. May 2-3, 2019.
October 30, 2018
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Law & Courts Student Hackings Highlight Weak K-12 Cybersecurity
Districts in multiple states criticized for being "overzealous" in pursuing felony charges against students who breached school networks in order to change grades.
Benjamin Herold, June 12, 2018
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Every Student Succeeds Act Betsy DeVos Greenlights ESSA Plans for Alabama, Colorado, and Kentucky
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has now approved ESSA plans from 42 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Big states like California and Florida, however, are still awaiting approval.
Alyson Klein, May 7, 2018
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Education Alabama Board Taps Superintendents' Group Leader As Next State Chief
The state's last superintendent resigned under pressure after he attempted to take over Montgomery's school system and figure out a way to grade the state's schools.
Daarel Burnette II, April 20, 2018
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Equity & Diversity Mostly White Alabama Town Drops Bid to Create Its Own School System
The decision, which comes two weeks after a federal appeals court ruled that Gardendale couldn't form its own district, draws to a close a years-long legal battle.
Corey Mitchell, March 1, 2018
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School & District Management Alabama Earns a C-Minus on State Report Card, Ranks 43rd in Nation
This Quality Counts 2018 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 17, 2018
3 min read
Education Districts Grapple With Closure Decisions In Wake of 'Bomb Cyclone' Storm
School systems from Florida to New England made decisions about delays and cancellations, often in coordination with outside agencies.
Sarah Schwartz, January 5, 2018
5 min read
Infrastructure Video Webinar: Maximizing Ed Tech's Reach in Rural School Districts
Technology is a crucial tool to create new opportunities and a wider perspective for students in rural districts. Online courses bring teachers, subjects, and experts to students who wouldn’t otherwise have access to them. Teaching technology skills allows students to compete with their peers from more urban areas. But rural education leaders must be creative in their efforts to pay for and build reliable infrastructure, provide home Internet access for students, and implement ed-tech programs. In this webinar, Matt Akin, superintendent of the Piedmont City school district in Alabama, and a 2016 Education Week Leaders to Learn From honoree, shares the strategies he has used to digitize his school system.
January 5, 2018
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Education Alabama State Chief Quits Just Days Before ESSA Plan Due
Michael Sentance abruptly resigns less than a year after being hired to oversee Alabama's schools and as board members were preparing to decide his fate after a brutal evaluation.
Daarel Burnette II, September 13, 2017
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Standards Alabama Will Keep Its Common Core Standards--For Now
Board members didn't act on a resolution to revoke Alabama's version of the Common Core State Standards.
Stephen Sawchuk, August 11, 2017
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