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The Downside of a Longer Summer Break
August 5, 2014
The beginning of the school year is upon us, and with it has come talk about reviving a state mandate to tell schools when they can begin and end the school year. After all, we all just want to enjoy our summer like in the good old days, right?

Unfortunately, the quest for a longer summer comes with a downside for a majority of students in Alabama. 
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Who Gets to Graduate? Really?
June 26, 2014

In Alabama, the high school graduation rate has climbed to 80%, the highest level in the state’s history. Nationally these numbers are similar, according to the most recent GradNation report, Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic. For the first time, the nation’s high school graduation rate rose above 80%. 

But who is graduating from college? Demographics shouldn’t matter when it comes to student achievement. Ideally the only factor that should determine who graduates is academic ability. 

However, there are countless stories of students who work hard but don’t graduate with the ability to succeed academically beyond high school.
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Good Citizenship Requires the Critical Thinking Fostered by Alabama's Higher Standards
May 29, 2014
Public schools should enable the American citizen to “understand his duties to his neighbors and country, and to discharge with competence the functions confided to him by either.”
These words from Thomas Jefferson ring as true today in Alabama as when he wrote them nearly 200 years ago in Virginia. Effective public education is necessary for a democratic, prosperous and civil society.
Alabama’s College and Career Ready Standards, which include the Common Core State Standards, further this goal by teaching critical thinking, promoting civil discussion, and ensuring today’s students read critical documents from our nation’s founding.
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