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Driver’s Ed Programs in Decline

If you’re over 40 and you grew up in the United States, there’s a good chance you took driver’s education classes in your high school. But you can’t say the same for today’s young drivers. From the Southern Education Desk at WBHM, Dan Carsen reports on a significant shift.

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Alabama State Rep Leaves Republican Party over Education Issues

New Democrat Daniel Boman says teacher tenure bill was “final straw.”

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Corporate Tax Loopholes Not Helping Tight Education Budgets

Alabama educators, lawmakers say big-name companies shortchanging students

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Parents of Alabama Students Put Property Tax System on Trial

Most court cases focus on a given event – an act, a crime, an accident. But a tax-policy trial in federal court recently put more than a century of Alabama history on the stand. In Lynch vs. Alabama, the plaintiffs allege the state’s property tax system and its effect on schools are direct outgrowths of the overt racism of the past.

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SED Reporter Interviews Greg Mortenson

Bestselling author and internationally recognized education advocate Greg Mortenson recently spoke with SED reporter Dan Carsen. The interview took place at Birmingham’s Samford University shortly before media reports questioned Mortenson’s financial dealings and his accounts of his experiences in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In the interview, Mortenson shares his thoughts on issues facing education in the South, including teacher pay and teacher tenure. Mortenson tells Carsen that education is at a turning point in the South and across the U.S.