Alabama

Taxes collected for the Alabama Education Trust Fund-primarily on sales and income-have risen 8.9 percent in the first 11 months of the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, state finance director Jim Main reported last week.
September 8, 2004 – Education Week
Less than a month after Alabama voters rejected a tax referendum that promised a windfall for education, Gov. Bob Riley has signed a new budget that cuts funding for textbooks, teacher professional development, and several other school-related items.
October 8, 2003 – Education Week
With voters in Alabama offering a resounding "no" to Gov. Bob Riley's $1.2 billion tax referendum last week, state leaders are warning of looming spending cuts for education and other government services.
September 17, 2003 – Education Week
Web Extra! Alabama voters have resoundingly shot down Gov. Bob Riley’s $1.2 billion tax referendum, a plan the governor had promised would dramatically improve the state’s education system and the state along with it.
September 10, 2003 – Education Week (Web)
Increased school funding and new programs for teachers and students are at the heart of a proposed tax package in Alabama. But distrust of state government may doom the measure.
September 3, 2003 – Education Week
Below are highlights of Gov. Bob Riley's proposed tax, spending, and accountability plan, which goes before the state's voters in a Sept. 9 referendum. The plan would do the following:
September 3, 2003 – Education Week
Seeking to avoid teacher layoffs and other painful budget cuts, Alabama's new Republican governor proposed a sweeping, $1.2 billion package of tax increases last week.
May 28, 2003 – Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to revive an effort by an original plaintiff in an Alabama desegregation case to intercede in recent court proceedings.
October 23, 2002 – Education Week
Predicting the outcome of Alabama's race for governor is like calling a coin toss. Far more certain than the outcome, however, is that whoever wins must confront serious budget troubles that are bluntly hitting the state's K-12 public schools.
October 9, 2002 – Education Week
Alabama students have a constitutional right to an adequate and equitable education. But don't expect the state's court system to make sure they get one.
June 12, 2002 – Education Week

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