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Many schools are moving away from zero tolerance polices in favor of restorative justice, or teaching peacemaking. What do you think?

Many schools are moving away from zero tolerance polices in favor of restorative justice, or teaching peacemaking.

Attendance at school events is the wrong yardstick for family engagement. Removing economic barriers to school engagement requires creativity and persistence.

Attendance at school events is the wrong yardstick for family engagement. Removing economic barriers to school engagement requires creativity and persistence. Requires membership to read full article, but looks promising.

School Buses in Alabama: The Simple Facts

Did you know that every day, public school buses in Alabama travel the equivalent of three-and-a-half times the length of all public roads in Alabama? That's more than miles on Alabama's miles of public roads.

Glossary

The glossary below is written in Alabama-based meaning whenever needed. For a fabulous, broad-based glossary of education-related terms, see the Education Reform Glossary produced by the Great Schools Partnership. The terms below are in alphabetical.

About Those Fees Families Are "Required" to Pay

Families across Alabama are talking about how much money it is costing them for a "free" public education this year. Mainstream Alabama media is sharing the data published here earlier this week to let families know which school districts are charging.

How Much Are Alabama's Families Paying for a Free Public Education? A Lot

How Much Are Alabama’s Families Paying for a Free Public Education?

The Hidden Cost of Public Education, Part 4: What the ALSDE Says About User Fees

The Hidden Cost of Public Education, Part 4: What the ALSDE Says About User Fees

ICYMI: The Only Course-Related User Fee Limit Was Eliminated at April's Board Meeting

ICYMI: The Only Course-Related User Fee Limit Was Eliminated at April's Board Meeting

Course-Related User Fees: The Hidden Cost of Public Education, Part 3

Course-Related User Fees: The Hidden Cost of Public Education, Part 3

The Bottom Line: How Education Funding Was Affected by the Second Special Session

A lot of numbers are being thrown around as folks try to explain what happened to education funding as a result of the passage of the General Fund budget in the recently-ended second special session.

Education Funding in Alabama: Is It a Priority?

It is often said that you can tell a person's priorities by looking at how they spend money. If that is so, then it looks like the Alabama legislature's priority for public education is about the same as it was a dozen years ago, equivalent to the

Ten Years of Per Pupil Spending, Adjusted for Inflation

With all this talk about state budgets and how the abyss in the General Fund will be filled, it helps to know the facts when it comes to funding for public education in Alabama. So here are ten years' worth of per pupil expenditures (PPE) by district.

Filling in the State School Funding Gap: "We're Our Own Worst Enemy"

Filling in the State School Funding Gap: “We’re Our Own Worst Enemy”

Inequitable and Inadequate: State Funding for Alabama's Schools

Inequitable and Inadequate: State Funding for Alabama’s Schools