On the evening of March 5, Gov. Ivey stood in the Old House Chamber of the State Capitol and […]
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A recent analysis of federal data by the Florida-based Excel-in-Ed group exposes nationwide gaps in the College and Careers Pathway for some high school students. “The data reveal a disturbing pattern of inequity: as the percentage of minority or low-income populations in schools increases, access to core courses decreases.”
Our work at A+ is often held in a tension between striving for the ideal and acknowledging the practical. Often […]
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 seem like it all happened quickly.
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 in Alabama schools. During the school year, Shelton is a teacher in Birmingham City Schools and a Teach For America-Alabama Corps Members. He joined A+ for the summer through a fellowship with Leadership for Educational Equity.
A new report from A+ Education Partnership and a coalition of its peers from across the South urges Alabama and the entire region to make a new commitment to improve K-12 education.
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 served by public education.
A+ has joined with six peer organizations across the South to release an important report bringing new attention to improving education in our states. Accelerating the Pace: The Future of Education in the American South calls for us in Alabama and neighboring states to move faster to close achievement gaps between more affluent students and their historically disadvantaged classmates.
In 2018, A+ will continue to set its sights on building a World Class Education System for Alabama. While 2017 was full of challenges, they have created new opportunities to improve and provide more support to students and their teachers across Alabama.
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 taxpayer money will be spent over (at least) the next five years. And, while that’s a lot of money, it’s only a drop in the bucket when it comes to the total impact of the decision.