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June 24, 2014 via WSFA.com

Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund

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April 23, 2014 via AL.com

High expectations will help Alabama’s students

Alabama’s students are every bit as intelligent and capable of learning as their peers in other states. Yet according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the “gold standard” for measuring student achievement, Alabama’s students continue to achieve at low levels. Full article

April 8, 2014 via Montgomery Advertiser

Letters to the Editor: Education reform not a partisan issue

Divisive and political rhetoric will not help improve Alabama’s schools. Unfortunately, this sort of dispirited attack was evident in a letter to the Montgomery Advertiser on April 4. Full article

September 18, 2013 via al.com

A Real Conversation About Education (Cameron Smith)

Last week, I spent Thursday night at a Teacher Town Hall hosted by StudentsFirst and the Alabama Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO). Full article

September 18, 2013 via YellowHammer

AEA boss’s behavior at town hall shows how out of touch he is with Alabama educators

Some of America’s leading education reform advocates hosted a town hall meeting in Birmingham last week that was promoted as an opportunity for Alabamians to come together and discuss ideas to improve our state’s education system. Full article

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June 11, 2014 posted by StudentsFirst Alabama

Remembering the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door

Over 50 years ago the country and world watched as Alabama’s Governor stood in front of the schoolhouse doors in Tuscaloosa. Read more

May 22, 2014 posted by Daniel Maurice Rumley

Brown v. Board of Education: 60 Years Forward

60 years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, our society has unfinished business that few choose to acknowledge. While the highlights of this landmark decision are often cited, the same stagnant, isolated, and hollow educational realities still exist today for far too many children of color. Read more

January 27, 2014 posted by Duncan Kirkwood

National School Choice Week in Alabama

Last Friday, the National School Choice Week whistle-stop tour made its way to Birmingham. Read more

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