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What does the 452 ‘cut score’ mean for 3rd grade readers?
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What does the 452 ‘cut score’ mean for 3rd grade readers?

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama State Board of Education in November approved a scoring system to determine which third graders will get promoted to fourth grade based on standardized reading tests under the Alabama Literacy Act. That system included a “cut score” of 452, the lowest score students can...

New highly detailed broadband map shows where unserved areas
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New highly detailed broadband map shows where unserved areas

The FCC also has its own map of where in Alabama people are unserved but it is much less detailed compared to the new state-created map.  Based on the new map, Hovis said that the cost to reach all those unserved areas will cost around $4 billion to $6 billion. She said the wide range of possible costs is due to a number of different contingencies like supply chain issues, labor availability and inflation pressures.

Top state lawmakers: expect gambling legislation in regular session
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Top state lawmakers: expect gambling legislation in regular session

“We can either choose to ignore it, or we can do what the government is supposed to do, and that’s control industries like this so that we can regulate it properly and tax it and benefit from it," he said. “It’s not a matter of us letting gaming in, it’s a matter of exercising the proper controls over it.”

Ball to sponsor monument law revision
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Ball to sponsor monument law revision

Ball said his bill will have local officials work with the Department of Archives to determine the future of the monument that a community would like removed. He said he wants to preserve history but also allow more local control into the situation.

Ivey promotes key executive staff
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Ivey promotes key executive staff

Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday office announced more updates to her executive staff, including two new deputy chiefs of staff and a dual role for state Finance Director Bill Poole.

Advocates suggest housing assistance for those leaving prison
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Advocates suggest housing assistance for those leaving prison

The commission is tasked with identifying, implementing and promoting policies and strategies to support the successful reentry of state inmates into society. Tuesday’s meeting was its fifth meeting of the year and members have agreed to hold more meetings beyond their originally planned conclusion early next year.