S.443, the latest attack on Alabama's College and Career Ready Standards, was introduced Thursday and is fast-tracked for a public hearing Tuesday with probable committee action Wednesday. This bill must not make it to a floor vote in the Senate. You must contact your lawmakers before Tuesday, especially senators. Sponsored by Sen. Scott Beason and 12 others, the bill disingenuously uses the "local option" rallying cry to divert attention from its true impact: lowering standards for students, weakening accountability for parents and taxpayers, and stalling efforts to make our state nationally and internationally competitive.| More Advocate for Schools
Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 22:22
The Alabama Association of School Boards is now accepting applications for its full-time bookkeeper position. Interested individuals should submit an application for employment and resume to: Tammy Wright, 4240 Lomac Street, Montgomery, Ala. 36106 or fax to 334-270-0000. The application deadline is March 17, 2014. Requires three years' experience. Experience working with a non-profit organization and accounting software preferred. Proficient communication skills and ability to work effectively in small office setting required. | Details
Last Updated on Saturday, 01 March 2014 06:59
School board members must complete all eight core courses to advance to the master school board member level of the AASB School Board Member Academy. One of those core courses, Leadership for Developing a Highly Effective Staff, will be taught March 7 & 8 and emphasizes a high-quality work force for public education. It is worth 6 training hours. Prior to the spring course, enjoy the early bird workshop, Are You Looking at the Right Numbers? The March 7 workshop is a must-see for boards interested in using data to focus on what matters in education.
Last Updated on Saturday, 01 March 2014 06:38
AASB is partnering with Reach Out and Read Alabama to collect books at its March 7 and 8 Spring Leadership Conference at Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel. Reach Out and Read prepares America's youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to give books to families and encourage them to read together. All conference attendees are asked to please participate in the book drive. Donate new or gently used books for children ages 1-8. If you will be unable to attend the conference, please donate by clicking here. Thank you for your support!
Last Updated on Saturday, 01 March 2014 07:04
How do you identify an effective educator and effective educator evaluation program? Two Alabama task forces are mulling components of that question and are expected to submit recommendations to the state Board of Education later this year. Four of the nine state board members were updated at Thursday's K-12 work session on the progress of the Alabama Professional Evaluation Design Committee and the state Commission on Educational Preparation, Licensure and Entry into the Profession.| More For Your Infromation
Last Updated on Saturday, 01 March 2014 07:08
The Georgia School Boards Association invites you to join them in beautiful Savannah for the 2014 National School Boards Association/Southern Region Conference June 15-17. This conference is a fantastic opportunity to learn from engaging speakers and network with fellow board members. For more information on the conference and registration, view the website.
Last Updated on Saturday, 01 March 2014 07:09
Read Court Report for legal news impacting public education. This issue features an article on Ex parte Bessemer City Board of Educ., 2013 WL 6048731 (Ala. Nov. 15, 2013). In this case, a student and his parent filed suit against the board, a middle school and the school's principal in his individual capacity. The student claimed that he had suffered sexual abuse by an unidentified man as a result of the defendants' negligence. The board filed a motion to dismiss the suit on the grounds that it was entitled to absolute immunity. The motion also asserted that the school was not a separate legal entity from the board. The court denied the motion to dismiss and the board (and school) filed a petition for writ of mandamus to the Supreme Court of Alabama. | More Court Report
Last Updated on Saturday, 01 March 2014 07:09
Four lucky teams of public school students in grades 6 through 12 may win up to $3,000 in prizes for their 30- to 60-second commercials/public service announcements. The Alabama Association of School Boards announces its third annual statewide How We Achieve Excellence in Our School video contest for public school students. The 2014 contest allows a maximum of two entries from each Alabama school system. The contest applauds excellence in teaching, the creativity of Alabama's public school students and the positive school experiences that inspire students to graduate. Entries will be accepted Feb. 3-April 11, 2014. | Watch Commercial | Submission Form & Details | 2012 & 2013 Winners
Last Updated on Saturday, 01 March 2014 07:10