Tuesday Reading List: Southern Education News

The Alabama House rejected Governor Bentley’s changes to the state’s controversial Accountability Act (al.com); House Speaker Mike Hubbard issued a statement following the vote that said “students deserve school choice now, and not two years from now” (al.com).

Alabama lawmakers have passed a bill that will hire armed school resource officers (al.com); lawmakers have also approved a $30 million dollar bond issue for tornado-damaged schools in the state (al.com)

Alabama Governor Bentley has approved the state’s education and general fund budgets (Montgomery Advertiser) and has made a public statement of support offering assistance to Oklahoma (WSFA).

Georgia’s governor faced a close call in pushing to keep Common Core standards (Common Core Roundup, Education Week; OP Atlanta Journal Constitution).

Georgia’s ‘top schools’ show increasing diversity (Saporta Report).

A Georgia college student is working to find ways to conserve water in the state (WALB).

A federal court will hear a proposal to expand a Louisiana middle school to eighth grade (Associated Press via The Republic); expansion plans for a North DeSoto school are driving a controversial rezoning process (Shreveport Times).

Bills that would allow boards of Louisiana’s public colleges and universities to manage tuition hikes are on their way through the legislative process this week in Louisiana (The Advocate).

Louisiana’s, Florida’s and Tennessee’s state education heads say they oppose a potential moratorium on using standardized tests in classroom evaluations (Washington Post).











Finally, Al.com’s Matt Wake suggests a music playlist, “songs of celebration, education, crossroads and youth,” for this year’s graduates.


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