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In teacher shortage, educators support bill for non-certified teachers
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In teacher shortage, educators support bill for non-certified teachers

Roanoke City Schools Superintendent Chuck Marcum needs more teachers. 
Specifically, he needs more educators who are certified in the subjects they’re teaching. But during a teacher shortage that some say has reached a crisis level in parts of the state, Marcum and others hope lawmakers will let them keep non-certified educators in their classrooms longer.

Bill giving more options for armed school security clears Senate
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Bill giving more options for armed school security clears Senate

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A bill to make it easier for retired law enforcement officers to become armed school security personnel passed the Alabama Senate Thursday and could get a vote in the House next week. “It will give schools and sheriffs departments more options and opportunities to hire people,”...

Former Lt. Gov. nominee to challenge Worley
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Former Lt. Gov. nominee to challenge Worley

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News Nancy Worley has a new challenger to lead Alabama Democrats. “Alabama’s Democratic Party needs to be unified,” Will Boyd of Florence said Friday night in an announcement sent to Alabama Daily News. “And with an election coming up next year, the party needs to focus on the mobilization and...

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Literacy bill focuses on early reading efforts, holding back third graders with poor skills

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News Proposed legislation to hold back Alabama third-graders who don’t have sufficient reading skills will dedicate more time, training and financial resources to early literacy efforts, but some educators are concerned about aspects of the bill. “If a child can’t read by third grade, their chances for retention later go...