Friday Reading List: Southern Education News

An education group has written an open letter supporting a move to withhold high-stakes consequences for schools and teachers for at least the first year under Common Core (Washington Post); a new education bill in Congress contains elements of Alabama Representative Martha Roby’s proposal to limit federal involvement in state education (al.com).

The American Civil Liberties Union says thanks to its action, an Alabama school system has made single-sex classes co-ed (aclu.org); the ACLU filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights in December last year (al.com).

The county school board in Huntsville, Alabama wants to use the state’s new Accountability Act to switch from an elected to an appointed schools superintendent (al.com); a Huntsville School District hopes to pull itself out of a financial crisis this year (al.com).

A group writing core curriculum for science standards is urging Florida to adopt (State Impact Florida).

Florida’s graduation rate for Hispanic students tops the nation’s (Orlando Sentinel).

A Georgia charter school group plans to take its proposal to the state after being denied three times by the Clayton County Board of Education (Clayton News Daily).

Georgia colleges are partnering to offer a physician assistant training program for veterans (Atlanta Journal Constitution).

Mississippi has underfunded its public schools by more than a billion dollars in the last four years (Jackson Clarion-Ledger).

A Tennessee Charter School Incubator has received a grant to build a school network for charters in Memphis and Nashville (Memphis Business Journal).

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