Friday Reading List: Education News From Around The South


Alabama Democrats say they’ll introduce legislation next week to repeal the controversial Accountability Act (Montgomery Advertiser).

An Alabama lawmaker is calling for the National Guard in state schools (Montgomery Advertiser).

An Alabama community activist hopes to raise $75 million to fund efforts to fight high school dropout rates (

Alabama’s Montgomery school system is looking to close offices and borrow money to pay for improvements (


Georgia will be implementing a new grading system for schools and districts (Atlanta Journal-Constitution).


Louisiana’s higher education commissioner says Governor Jindal’s budget would create problems with cash flow and leave colleges with unstable financing (Associated Press via The Republic).

New Orleans College Preparatory Academies are looking for federal dollars to help pay for after school programs (The Lens).


Mississippi lawmakers have passed several education reform measures backed by state governor; charter school legislation is on the way for his signature (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal); the house and senate have passed a bill that leaves the option to arm teachers open (Sun Herald); lawmakers and the governor have emailed press statements addressing their decisions as the session closes (Jackson Free Press; Y’all Politics).

Mississippi’s Senate Education Committee has blocked a candidate from the state school board amid questions surrounding his decision to homeschool his children (Associated Press via Houston Chronicle).

A University of Mississippi panel has decided the male winner of a campus-wide popularity contest will no longer be called “Colonel Reb” (Jackson Free Press).


A Tennessee bill that would allow voters to use student IDs to vote has been withdrawn in the Senate (Memphis Commercial Appeal).

Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says any statewide voucher plan is likely dead this session (WPLN).

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is looking into a partnership with an online university to bbuild degree earners in the state (Nashville Ledger).

An amended version of a “guns in schools” bill has passed two Tennessee legislative committees (WKRN).


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