Al. House passes School flexibility act - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Al. House passes School flexibility act

Posted: Updated:

Another concern for the AEA: qualified teachers would lose opportunities.

It could open the door for non-credentialed instructors to come and teach without any teaching experience," Thompson says.

Both Fincher and Holtzclaw contend the act includes strict safeguards. It requires waivers to be approved by both the local and state board of education and the state superintendent of education. Local school boards must also hold a public hearing before submitting proposals.

"You have to articulate how flexing out of that will benefit the academic standards of students as well as maximize the use of limited resources. So, some of the concerns I've heard, really don't fit that test," Holtzclaw says.

Jefferson County schools superintendent Stephen Nowlin says he already has ideas on how the act could help his district. For example, the district could move funding around to expand its career tech programs.

"We need to be able to change our degree programs, what we offer, what we require in a school day, how long our kids can be off campus, and working in apprentice programs, for example," Nowlin says.

However, AEA fears moving money to some local programs could hurt others.

To those fears, Holtzclaw says the act would only strengthen current laws.

"I think the process in place is limited in scope and does not involve parents," Holtzclaw says.

Fincher also added an amendment to the bill saying the proposals could not be used to form charter schools.

The act outlines certain rules that can not be waived, including federal laws related to the health and safety of students and employees, the open records and open meeting laws as well as financial and academic reporting.

Fincher also gave an example where a teacher would have the choice of giving up tenure in exchange for a contract with a higher salary. But he insisted that would be the teacher's choice. The AEA fears a choice option like that would give way to a series of lawsuits, and people would be persuaded to take opportunities that would go against their long-term interests.

  • Central Alabama NewsMore>>

  • Ex-band director at T.R. Miller High arrested on charges he had sex with students

    Ex-band director at T.R. Miller High arrested on charges he had sex with students

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:14:07 GMT
    A band director who just started a new job in Georgia appeared before a judge Friday on charges he had sex with several students at his former high school in Alabama.More >>
    A band director who just started a new job in Georgia appeared before a judge Friday on charges he had sex with several students at his former high school in Alabama.
    More >>
  • Civil rights protesters march at state capitol

    Civil rights protesters march at state capitol

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:22 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:22:20 GMT
    More than 20 people, including civil rights leaders and ministers, have marched around the state Capitol and Statehouse in the first day of a seven-day protest that stretches across the Southeast.Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma says the marchers in Alabama are joining those in North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Virginia to protest attacks on civil and human rights.The Alabama group marched around the Capitol and Statehouse in hot, humid weather Frida...More >>
    More than 20 people, including civil rights leaders and ministers, have marched around the state Capitol and Statehouse in the first day of a seven-day protest that stretches across the Southeast.Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma says the marchers in Alabama are joining those in North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Virginia to protest attacks on civil and human rights.The Alabama group marched around the Capitol and Statehouse in hot, humid weather Frida...More >>
  • Man charged in funeral home theft

    Man charged in funeral home theft

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:38:34 GMT
    Jerry William Duke charged with two counts of third degree burglaryJerry William Duke charged with two counts of third degree burglary
    A Shelby County man is in custody after police say he stole from the same funeral home twice. 32-year-old Jerry William Duke has been charged with two counts of third degree burglary. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the funeral home in both instances.The two break ins occurred at the Midway Memory Gardens funeral home off of Alabama Highway 21 in Talladega County. Captain John McCoy with Talladega police confirm that Jerry Duke broke into the main building of the funeral home...More >>
    A Shelby County man is in custody after police say he stole from the same funeral home twice. 32-year-old Jerry William Duke has been charged with two counts of third degree burglary. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the funeral home in both instances.The two break ins occurred at the Midway Memory Gardens funeral home off of Alabama Highway 21 in Talladega County. Captain John McCoy with Talladega police confirm that Jerry Duke broke into the main building of the funeral home...More >>
  • Birmingham Area NewsMore>>

  • Big turnout at bone marrow drive for Jefferson County deputy battling cancer

    Big turnout at bone marrow drive for Jefferson County deputy battling cancer

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:51 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:51:07 GMT
     The people who Sgt. Randy Nash spent his life serving - are now helping him in record numbers.More >>
     The people who Sgt. Randy Nash spent his life serving - are now helping him in record numbers.More >>
  • Friday Night Blitz coverage lineup for Week 1

    Friday Night Blitz coverage lineup for Week 1

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:25:25 GMT
    See the Game of the Week and other notable matchups to be covered on Friday Night Blitz...More >>
    See the Game of the Week and other notable matchups to be covered on Friday Night Blitz...
    More >>
  • Nearly 14,000 Alabamians waiting on state tax refunds

    Nearly 14,000 Alabamians waiting on state tax refunds

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-08-23 02:51:41 GMT
    Nearly 14,000 Alabamians are still waiting to get overdue tax refunds. Alabama's Revenue Commissioner blames the delay on a computer system designed to catch thieves.The delay is a bad thing for some taxpayers, but state leaders believe the delay is worth it.More >>
    Nearly 14,000 Alabamians are still waiting to get overdue tax refunds. Alabama's Revenue Commissioner blames the delay on a computer system designed to catch thieves.The delay is a bad thing for some taxpayers, but state leaders believe the delay is worth it.
    More >>
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...