Alabama State School Superintendent Tommy Bice says he’s opposed to offering tax credits to students in private schools (al.com).
Alabama’s Pre-K program is one of only four in the nation to meet all quality benchmarks from the National Institute for Early Education Research but still receives criticism for low enrollment (WSFA).
The University of Georgia will ban backpacks at graduation in the school’s football stadium next week (Chattanooga Times Free Press).
Several teachers suspended in a cheating investigation are eligible to teach again (subscription; Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
Georgia Pre-K Programs struggle with budget cuts (subscription; Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
The Louisiana House Appropriations committee has approved a $500 million budget cut (nola.com)
A bill to finance construction projects at Louisiana technical and community colleges has passed out of a Senate Finance Committee (nola.com); the Louisiana Board of Regents opposes the legislation (KATC).
An East Baton Rouge Louisiana school district has hired lobbyists to oppose a district breakaway plan in the state legislature (The Advocate).
A new Mississippi law defines school absence policies statewide (Hattiesburg American).
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed the second of two municipal school district bills into law (subscription; Memphis Commercial Appeal).