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Archived entries for Alabama

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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Alabama federal district court rules that claims of excessive use of force made by students maced by SROs can go forward

An Alabama federal district court has ruled that the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment claims made by several students for being subjected to chemical spray (mace) by school resource officers for minor nonviolent rules infractions are for a jury to resolve. The court also ruled that a student had stated valid constitutional claims against a school administrator for use of excessive force and excessive corporal punishment.

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Federal appellate court denies Alabama’s request for new hearing on immigration law

As reported on CNN.com, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has denied a request by the state of Alabama for a new hearing on the state’s controversial immigration law, HB 56.

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Federal appellate court rules section of Alabama’s immigration law requiring schools to verify, and collect data on, enrolling students’ immigration status violates students’ equal protection rights

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled that Section 28 of Alabama’s immigration law requiring public schools to verify, and collect data on, the citizenship and immigration status of enrolling students violates the Equal Protection Clause, reversing a district court’s denial of HICA’s motion for a preliminary injunction to bar enforcement of that provision.

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