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Weekly Updates from A+ Education Partnership
Do you know an Alabama high school student interested in sharing their perspectives on the decisions that impact their education most? There is still time to share the A+ Student VOICES Team Student Survey! This survey is written for students, by students, and addresses student mental health, course accessibility, and more. The Student VOICES Survey closes tomorrow! Share and learn more about the Team

As the third week of the Alabama Legislative Session begins, stay in the know with education policy priorities. The A+ Policy Portal is a one-stop shop for learning about student-centered education policy solutions. To read the policy issues that impact student outcomes and aim to improve education for every child in Alabama, visit the portal here

This Week at A+

> The Alabama Best Practices Center: Schools and districts from both the Wiregrass and River Region gathered last week to wrap up the learning in KLN and PCN. This has been such a great group that has been working hard to bring the techniques and strategies into schools to impact students! Can't wait to have this group back in the networks in 24-25!


Ivey’s Proposed Health Care School Has Legislation, Favorable Study; Questions Remain
(written by Alexander Willis, Alabama Daily News, February 18)

Bill Requires School Safety Standards, Grant Funding for Improvements
(written by Mary Sell, Alabama Daily News, February 22)

Alabama Lawmakers Quiz Danny Garrett About Education Savings Accounts, Costs
(written by Trisha Powell Crain,, February 21)

Alabama’s Amended Education Savings Account Bill to Get First Vote Today
(written by Mary Sell, Alabama Daily News, February 22)


Reading Supports Abound in Schools, but Effective Math Help Much Harder to Find
(written by Holly Korbey, The  74, February 20)

4 Ways Gen Z Is Thinking about Their Education and Future
(written by Marianna McMurdock The  74, February 20)

FutureEd Study Identifies 6 Factors of Successful High-Dosage Tutoring
(written by Kate Lucariello, The Journal, February 16)

Few Teachers Learn About ‘Science of Reading’ in Their Prep Programs. Some Colleges Are Working On That
(written by Elizabeth Heubeck, Education Week, February 16) 


Including Young Learners in the Push for Reading Reform
(written by Sarah Carr, The Hechinger Report, February 23) 

Schools Are Taking Too Long to Craft AI Policy. Why That’s a Problem
(written by Alyson Klein, Education Week, February 19) 


The Looming Expiration of COVID Relief Funds, With Chad Aldis

(written by Chad L. Aldis, Michael J. Petrilli, et al., Fordham Institute, February 21) 

High Reliability Schools W/ Dr. Robert Marzano and Dr. Phil Warrick
(From Alabama Best Practices Center, Better Practices | Brighter Students, January 10)



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