How Should Alabama Improve Public Education?

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

A report published in Education Week ranks Alabama's K-12 public education system 30th in the nation, despite longstanding beliefs the state typically rates at the bottom.

Overall, the EPE Research Center -- a division of the Education Projects in Education, which publishes Education Week -- gives Alabama a score of 76.6, just below the national average of 76.9.

The finding is contributing to an ongoing discussion among readers over who is most to blame for "failing" schools in Alabama and how the state can best improve its public education system.

It also comes during a legislative session in which education has emerged as a hot topic, with the Alabama Accountability Act and proposed legislation like Senate Bill 227, which prohibit schools from considering seniority when reducing staff.

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