Alabama

Reversing a lower court ruling that would have cushioned the impact on school districts of midyear state budget cuts, the Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that public schools and higher education institutions have to share the burden of such cuts equally whenever state revenues fall short.
July 11, 2001 – Education Week
Alabama's governor sought last week to soften the blow of midyear education spending cuts by signing a bill that lets the state borrow up to $110 million.
May 30, 2001 – Education Week
A compromise between Alabama's K-12 schools and the state's higher education community failed to gel in the legislature late last week, leaving colleges and universities more likely to bear the brunt of more than $260 million in mandated budget cuts this fiscal year.
March 7, 2001 – Education Week
An Alabama circuit court judge last week blocked Gov. Donald Siegelman from cutting aid to K-12 classrooms by 6.2 percent and gave the legislature until early this week to devise another plan for plugging the state's deep midyear revenue hole.
February 28, 2001 – Education Week
The Kansas board of education made good last week on its newest members' promise to return the concept of evolution to the state science standards, a move that was applauded by scientists around the country.
February 21, 2001 – Education Week
Public schools in Hoover, Ala., will begin testing student athletes for tobacco and alcohol use this week, under a controversial new policy that stretches student drug testing beyond the traditional focus of hard drugs.
September 20, 2000 – Education Week
Alabama Gov. Donald Siegelman claimed victory last week as the state legislature hammered out an 11th-hour deal to gradually increase teacher salaries to the national average and to end tenure for new principals. He is expected to sign the measures into law this week.
May 24, 2000 – Education Week
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February 9, 2000 – Education Week
Sometimes a game is just a game, but for one Alabama town whose high school was leveled by a tornado last year, the football team's success is a testimonial to the community's determination to carry on.
November 10, 1999 – Education Week
As an Oct. 12 vote nears on whether to create a state lottery for Alabama, both advocates and foes of the plan are looking no farther than neighboring Georgia to make their case.
October 6, 1999 – Education Week

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