Tuesday Reading List: Southern Education News

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket at Alabama State University on the anniversary of a tornado outbreak that killed six students and 47 other people (al.com).

The head of Alabama’s Senate Education Budget Committee says he’s willing to consider supporting a two percent teacher pay raise (al.com).

Georgia schools are scheduled to receive new grades for yearly performance today (Associated Press via Newnan Times-Herald).

A bill to delay consequences in Louisiana teacher evaluations has passed in the House (The Advocate); Louisiana lawmakers are expected to take up prayer in schools this week (KNOE); a bill that would create a “parent trigger” for Louisiana’s Recovery School District is moving through the legislature (nola.com).

An audit shows Louisiana’s TOPS statewide scholarship program has cost the state $1.6 billion (nola.com).

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant says he looks to this year’s reforms to improve a “fairly ineffective educational system” (Jackson Clarion-Ledger).

A school system in Tupelo, Mississippi is marketing its schools to area residents (Mississippi Business Journal).

Tennessee’s Achievement School District is looking for volunteer council members (subscription; Memphis Commercial Appeal).

The Tennessee Department of Education will put $4 million in Race to the Top funding into developing school leaders (release; Chattanoogan.com).

Vanderbilt University in Tennessee will offer free online teacher training courses (Associated Press via The Republic).

 

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