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Innovation Allows for "Both-And" in Charter Schools & Privatization Debate
September 8, 2014
An A+ Commentary on the Recent Troy University Studies

​There has been so much focus lately on how we can better educate Alabama’s youth. It’s encouraging, because it is clear that improving education for all Alabama students is a high priority for ensuring our state’s prosperity. That’s the one idea that most sides of all debates agree upon.
 
The findings of two studies conducted by Troy University, commissioned by the university’s Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy, examined the benefits of expanding school choice and of privatizing more public school auxiliary services. The studies have reaped both positive and negative reactions, but that’s a good thing, because public civil discourse is critical. It’s important to listen with an open mind as we focus on the goal on seeking a better outcome for all students.
 
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Report on Education in Alabama Brings Hope for Future
September 3, 2014
A recent report on education in Alabama, “Obstacles Into Opportunities: A 90% High School Graduation Rate in Alabama by 2020 Provides the Educated Workforce That is Key to Expanding Our Economy,” outlines strategies for addressing numerous issues in our state, including increased unemployment and the number of families living in poverty.
 
The solution? Improve and expand high quality pre-kindergarten, set high expectations for all students, support continued learning for teachers and school leaders, and set every student on a pathway to success after high school.
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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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