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Federal appeals court upholds Alabama law prohibiting public employers from making payroll deductions for political activity

Federal appellate court upholds Alabama statute prohibiting public employers from making payroll deductions for political purposes.

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Alabama State BOE seeks dismissal of suit challenging its takeover of Birmingham schools

The Alabama State Board of Education is seeking dismissal of a suit challenging the state’s 2012 takeover of Birmingham’s school system.

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Second suit filed against Alabama’s tuition tax credit law, this one on state law grounds

A state senator, teacher, and a school superintendent have filed suit in state court seeking to overturn the Alabama Accountability Act, the second lawsuit filed within 10 days challenging the law.

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Civil rights group files legal challenge to Alabama’s tuition tax credit law

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed suit in federal court seeking to enjoin implementation of the Alabama Accountability Act, claiming it does not extend its benefits equally to all students in schools.

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Alabama district settles suit over suspensions of students for minor infractions

The Mobile County school system has agreed not to suspend students for minor infractions.

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Alabama teachers union sues to block private school tax credit bill

The Birmingham Business Journal reports that the Alabama Education Association has filed a lawsuit to block a bill that would give a tax credit to parents of children at failing schools to offset the cost of attending private school or another public school.

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Alabama takeover of local district challenged on grounds it violates federal Voting Rights Act

WBRC Fox 6 reports that the Alabama Education Association has filed suit in federal court against state Superintendent Tommy Bice, Ed Richardson, Chief Financial Officer of Birmingham City Schools, and the Alabama Department of Education alleging voters in the city of Birmingham have been disenfranchised by the state takeover of the city’s school system.

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African-American teacher charges Alabama district denied him promotions on basis of race and religion

AL.com reports that an African-American teacher has filed suit against Shelby County School District, alleging he has been passed over for several promotions because of his race and religion.

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Federal appellate court affirms validity of IDEA regulation entitling parents to reimbursement for costs of IEEs

An Eleventh Circuit three-judge panel has affirmed the validity of the U.S. Department of Education regulation under the IDEA that provides that a parent “has the right to an independent educational evaluation at public expense if the parent disagrees with an evaluation obtained by the public agency,” concluding that an Alabama school district must reimburse the parents of a disabled student for their costs related to an independent educational evaluation performed on their student.

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Alabama teachers union opposes amendment to state constitution to remove language providing for racially segregated schools

The Tuscaloosa News reports that the Alabama Education Association (AEA) opposes Amendment 4, which would remove language from the state’s constitution providing for separate schools by race.

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