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ESSA in Alabama: Progress Report
August 2, 2016
Since Congress replaced the “No Child Left Behind” Act in 2015 with the bi-partisan-supported “Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA),” states now face the major task of writing plans to implement the new law.
The new law reduces federal oversight that states often perceived as constraining.
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A+ Board Member, JW Carpenter, Received 2016 Harvard Business School Fellowship
July 12, 2016
(Special from the Alabama Association of Nonprofits, July 12, 2016)

Harvard Business School Fellowship Awarded
Congratulations, J.W. Carpenter

We are proud to announce the recipient of the 2016 Harvard Business School Fellowship is J.W. Carpenter.

J.W. has served as Executive Director of the Birmingham Education Foundation (BEF) since September 2013. He serves on the boards of A+ Education Partnership, Operation Hope-Alabama, and Youth Entrepreneur Labs. 
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Knowledge Matters: Opportunity Ripe to Close Achievement Gap with ESSA
June 10, 2016
Since the passing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), local schools and districts have the opportunity to dramatically shift the way reading tests are used, and to systematically develop skills, knowledge, and vocabulary throughout the elementary grades.
Knowledge Matters: Restoring the Wonder and Excitement to the Classroom,” is a national campaign focused on improving students’ reading comprehension and understanding of broad topics, rather than concentrating on the short-term goals of literacy and language “coding.”
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