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Arise Daily News Digest 6-19-2013
AL.COM - Education officials raise concern over accountability act's failing-schools label.
AL.COM - School choice for some low performing schools could end this year.
AL.COM - Praise, scorn for Alabama Power Co. during second PSC informal hearing.
AL.COM – Columnist Joey Kennedy: My immigration reform/enforcement views often mischaracterized.
AL.COM – Contributor U. S. Rep. Martha Roby: Farm Bill presents a great opportunity for reform.
AL.COM - Sequestration cutbacks lead Redstone Arsenal contractor Phoenix to layoff 129 workers.
AL.COM - Alabama Gov. Bentley recaps first day of 2013 Paris Air Show.
AL.COM - Alabama Accountability Act Q&A: What's next for those in failing schools?
AL.COM - Will federal desegregation orders impact failing-school transfers under Alabama Accountability Act?
AL.COM - John England III, first African American to serve as a federal magistrate in north Alabama, takes office.
ALABAMA SCHOOL CONNECTION - Alabama’s High School Graduation Rates 2011-2012.
SENATE SKETCHES - “Senate Sketches,” Sen. Hank Sanders’ weekly message to his constituents.
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Alabama's new tax credits limited to transfers.
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - The Times Daily: Universities must cut spending.
TUSCALOOSA NEWS - Bentley reinstating merit raises for state employees.
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Columnist Robert DeWitt: No one steals from the poor to give to the rich.
GADSDEN TIMES - The Gadsden Times: Strength through division?
ANNISTON STAR – The Anniston Star: In Alabama, best path is to scrap this wishful policy.
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Alabama 19th in federal revenue for state spending.
DOTHAN EAGLE - Experts discuss financial exploitation of older residents.
WASHINGTON POST - Rising mortgage rates elicit fears they could hurt housing recovery.
WASHINGTON POST - Boehner assures colleagues: No immigration bill without majority GOP support.
WASHINGTON POST - House votes to ban abortion after 20 weeks.
WASHINGTON POST - Poll: Americans view GOP in less favorable light than Democratic Party.
WASHINGTON POST - The Washington Post: Rating U. S. teaching programs could spur reform.
WASHINGTON POST - In boost for Senate immigration bill, budget office says it would reduce deficit by billions.
NEW YORK TIMES – Contributor Ben Raines: Surviving the Next Gulf Oil Spill
NEW YORK TIMES - Dissent Festers in States That Obama Forgot
LOS ANGELES TIMES – The Los Angeles Times: Farm bill would cut aid to poor, add subsidies for farmers.
SALON - How Obamacare shortchanges low-wage workers.
Arise legislative update: Legislature OKs historic preservation credits; House approves bill to restore tax break for disabled Alabamians
A bill to create state income tax credits for preserving historic buildings in Alabama went to Gov. Robert Bentley after legislators passed it Thursday. The House also voted for a bill that would restore a full homestead exemption for all disabled Alabamians, regardless of their incomes. This legislative update highlights those issues and others that still remain as the Legislature approaches the final day of the 2013 regular session.
Arise legislative update: Courts warn of job cuts as Alabama Legislature approves tight General Fund budget propped up with one-time money
About 150 court employees could be laid off next year under a General Fund budget that sailed through the Alabama Legislature on Thursday. The $1.75 billion budget, which would provide flat funding for Medicaid and mental health services, would rely on nearly $200 million of one-time money. This legislative update highlights the budget's key provisions and implications.
Arise legislative update: Legislature passes Accountability Act changes to increase corporation donation value, revise 'failing school' definition
Alabama lawmakers gave swift approval Thursday to a bill that would redefine "failing schools" and boost the tax savings for corporations that donate to scholarship funds under the Alabama Accountability Act. The changes to the law, which will subsidize private school tuition for some K-12 students, cleared the House and Senate in hours after supporters quickly shut down debate. This legislative update highlights the bill's numerous provisions and the tenor of the brief debate over it.
Arise legislative update: Governor to decide on education budget with 2% teacher raise, money to help subsidize private school tuition
An Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget that would give K-12 teachers and support staff a 2 percent pay increase next year will go to Gov. Robert Bentley after the House approved it 70-26 Thursday. The budget would boost funding for pre-K and Advanced Placement courses but slash support for the Alabama Reading Initiative. It also would set aside $40 million for tax credits that could subsidize private school tuition for some K-12 students. This legislative update highlights the provisions of next year's ETF budget.
Arise legislative update: Alabama Senate OKs education budget with 2% teacher raise
K-12 teachers and support staff would receive a 2 percent pay raise next year under an Education Trust Fund budget that the Alabama Senate passed Tuesday night. The $5.77 billion budget would boost support for pre-K and Advanced Placement courses but cut funding for the Alabama Reading Initiative. It also would set aside up to $40 million for tax credits that could subsidize private school tuition for some students. This legislative update highlights the budget's provisions and recaps the Senate debate over it.