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Last Updated: 2014 Legislative Session

ACCELERATED LEARNING OPTIONS

Alabama Administrative Code states that intellectually gifted children or youth who have demonstrated the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. A student may be placed in a program for the gifted upon written approval of the parents. The recommended modes for services for gifted children in grades 9 to 12 are advanced classes, including Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate, electives, dual enrollment, career/college counseling, mentorships, seminars, and independent studies. In addition, the Alabama State Board of Education authorizes institutions within the Alabama College System to establish dual enrollment/dual credit programs with local boards of education in the institution service area. Courses offered by postsecondary institutions must be of postsecondary level and enrolled students must pay normal tuition as required by the institution or as stipulated in a contract for services between the two levels. A student is eligible for dual enrollment/dual credit if the student meets the entrance requirements established by Alabama College System institutions; has a "B" average in completed high school courses; has written approval of the principal and the local superintendent of education; and is in grade 10, 11, or 12, or has an exception granted by the participating institution upon the recommendation of the student's principal and superintendent. Students may enroll in occupational/technical courses and programs in accordance with guidelines of the Department of Postsecondary Education. (Last updated 2008)

Advanced Placement / Advanced Standing

Alabama Community College System Policy 706.01 - Credit Awarded Through Non-Traditional Means: General
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ADULT LEARNERS

The Alabama State Board of Education oversees the Council on Adult Education. The Council directs the system of adult education programs in the state. In particular, the Adult Education and General Education Development Testing Division, housed in the Alabama Community College system, provides free basic skills instruction in reading, writing, math, English language competency, and GED test preparation as well as GED testing services. These courses are offered at no cost to state residents. The state legislature has appropriated funds for literacy and adult education programs and classes. The State Board of Education allows students to receive college credit through non-traditional means, however not more than 25 percent of total credit required for any program may be awarded through nontraditional means. (Last updated 2013).

Adult Learners, Funding

Ala. Code 16-34-4 - Legislative Appropriation for Illiteracy and Adult Education Programs and Classes

Credit for Prior Learning

Alabama Community College System Policy 706.01 - Credit Awarded Through Non-Traditional Means: General

Governance of Adult Education

Military/Veterans Education

Ala. Code 31-10-23 - Supplemental Educational Assistance Benefits: Active Member of National Guard who is Out-of-State Resident
Ala. Code 31-6-1 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Short Title
Ala. Code 31-6-10 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Application for Benefits; Determination and Certification of Eligibility
Ala. Code 31-6-11 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Proof to be Submitted by Applicants for Benefits
Ala. Code 31-6-11 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Proof to be Submitted by Applicants for Benefits

Ala. Code 31-6-12 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Department of Veterans' Affairs to Inform Veterans, etc., of Benefits Under Chapter; Furnishing of Forms, etc.; Forwarding of Certificate of Eligibility, etc., to Educational Institutions
Ala. Code 31-6-13 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Faculties of Universities, Trade Schools, etc., to be Informed and to Inform Veterans' Dependents of Benefits Provided
Ala. Code 31-6-14 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: County and City Teachers to be Informed and to Inform Veterans' Dependents of Benefits Provided
Ala. Code 31-6-15 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Reimbursement of Educational Institutions Providing Benefits to Veterans and Dependents
Ala. Code 31-6-15 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Reimbursement of Educational Institutions Providing Benefits to Veterans and Dependents

Ala. Code 31-6-16 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Entrance Requirements of Educational Institutions Not Affected by Chapter
Ala. Code 31-6-17 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Prior Statutes Superseded; Rights Under Prior Statutes Preserved
Ala. Code 31-6-2 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Definitions
Ala. Code 31-6-3 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Designation of Benefits
Ala. Code 31-6-4 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Educational Benefits for Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans or Prisoners of War Generally
Ala. Code 31-6-4 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Educational Benefits for Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans or Prisoners of War Generally

Ala. Code 31-6-5 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Educational Benefits for Wives or Widows of Deceased or Totally Disabled Veterans or Prisoners of War
Ala. Code 31-6-5 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Educational Benefits for Wives or Widows of Deceased or Totally Disabled Veterans or Prisoners of War

Ala. Code 31-6-6 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Educational Benefits for Wives or Widows and Children of Partially Disabled Veterans; Reinstatement of Entitlements
Ala. Code 31-6-7 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Benefits Limited to Lives of Veterans' Immediate Children
Ala. Code 31-6-8 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Entitlement of Veterans to Educational Benefits for Extension or Correspondence Courses; Benefits Provided Not to be in Addition to Federal Benefits
Ala. Code 31-6-9 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Benefits for Wives, Widows and Dependents in Addition to Other Benefits; Interruption of Benefits
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ARTICULATION, TRANSFER, AND ALIGNMENT

Ala. Code 16-5-8, passed in 1994, expanded the state's Computerized Advisement System (CAS) and created the Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC). The computerized advisement system - now known as the Statewide Transfer and Articulation System (STARS) (http://stars.troy.edu/stars/what_stars.htm) - features comprehensive undergraduate program and course information for all public two- and four-year institutions in the state. STARS also offers public two-year students a "Transfer Guide/Agreement" to help guide them through their first two years of coursework and prevent loss of credit hours upon transfer. The AGSC has approved a statewide general studies core curriculum, and a statewide articulation agreement requires that all applicable credits transferred from a two-year institution fulfill requirements at a four-year institution, provided the institutions are accredited by the Southern Association's Commission on Colleges. All public postsecondary institutions in the state are required to participate in AGSC/STARS. (Last Updated 2011)

Comprehensive Initiative

Ala. Code 16-5-8 - Review, Coordination, Establishment, etc., of Programs; Transfer of Credits; Articulation and General Studies Committee

General Education Core

Alabama College System Policy 907.01 - General Education Core

New Delivery Systems to Increase Access to Underserved Populations (Technology, Distance Learning, Learning Centers)

Ala. Code 2-30-1 - Alabama Extension Service: Creation; Operation; Director; 1890 Administrator
Ala. Code 2-30-2 - Alabama Extension Service: Objects, Purposes and Duties of Extension Service
Ala. Code 2-30-3 - Alabama Extension Service: Appointment, Discharge, and Compensation of Employees
Ala. Code 2-30-4 - Alabama Extension Service: Payment of Extension Service Appropriations

Statewide Articulation Guides

Ala. Code 16-5-8 - Review, Coordination, Establishment, etc., of Programs; Transfer of Credits; Articulation and General Studies Committee

Transfer Agreements

Ala. Code 16-5-8 - Review, Coordination, Establishment, etc., of Programs; Transfer of Credits; Articulation and General Studies Committee
Alabama College System Policy 714.03 - Standards of Academic Progress: Transfer Students

Transfer Data Reporting

Ala. Code 16-5-8 - Review, Coordination, Establishment, etc., of Programs; Transfer of Credits; Articulation and General Studies Committee
Alabama College System Policy 714.03 - Standards of Academic Progress: Transfer Students
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DATA AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS

Alabama has separate accountability systems for both secondary and postsecondary education systems. Alabama has established a student unit record data system for all public two- and four-year institutions of higher education that includes basic student biographical information, retention rates, credit hour reports, enrollment data, tuition rates, research, and facilities. These reports are provided to the State Superintendent and the State Board of Education. The Commission on Higher Education monitors and reports periodically on minimum degree productivity standards for all existing programs of instruction at public two- and four-year institutions of higher education. The annual average number of degrees awarded over a designated period constitutes a productivity standard by which programs are deemed viable or non-viable. Postsecondary institutions in Alabama also have a role in secondary education accountability. In order to track the transition from secondary to postsecondary systems, postsecondary institutions must report aggregate placement results for graduates of the secondary schools in their service area. A new accountability system for secondary education was established in 2004. All schools are required to make "adequate yearly progress" which is determined by reading, math, and subject tests, participation rates, attendance rates, and graduation rates. In 2009, the State Board of Education voted to phase out the Alabama High School Graduation Exam that required that students demonstrate skills in reading, language, math, science and social studies in order to receive a high school diploma. End-of-course assessments replace the exam. Alabama requires an annual Student Achievement Report to the public and State Superintendent of Education which reports on student performance on testing, dropout rates, attendance, graduation, college attendance of K-12 students. (Last Updated: 2013)

Development of Improved Information Systems

Ala. Code 16-57 - State University and College Electronic Faculty and Student Unit Record System; Definitions; State Coordinating Agency; Advisory Committee; Database Reports; Failure to Comply with Requirements

Performance Based Measures for K-12

Ala. Code 16-6B-7 - Accountability Reports to the Public

Reporting Systems that Address Student Transition or Provide Feedback to High Schools

Alabama College System Policy 902.02 - Institutional Effectiveness: Reporting Placement Results to Local Superintendents; Guidelines for Policy
Alabama College System Policy 902.02 - Institutional Effectiveness: Reporting Placement Results to Local Superintendents
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EQUITY AND DIVERSITY


Anti-discrimination

Ala. Code 16-5-8.2 - Equal Access for All Citizens
Alabama College System Policy 601.02 - Personnel: Nondiscrimination

Course Equalization

Ala. Code 16-1-13 - Teaching Pupils of Disparate Ability, Background and Achievement

Efforts to Close Achievement Gaps

Ala. Code 16-1-13 - Teaching Pupils of Disparate Ability, Background and Achievement
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FINANCE

The governing board of each four-year public college or university determines resident tuition rates. Each institution charges nonresident undergraduate students a minimum of two times the resident tuition rate. In determining residency, the primary issue is one of intent. If a person is in Alabama primarily for the purpose of obtaining an education, that person shall be considered a nonresident student. The board of trustees may establish matriculation, library and laboratory facilities fees. The State Board of Education is the governing board for the state community, junior, and technical colleges and establishes in-state tuition rates. The out-of-state tuition for these institutions also is two times that of the in-state tuition rate. Students who have graduated from an Alabama high school, who have obtained a GED in Alabama within two years of the date of their application for admission, or who live within 50 miles of a campus of an Alabama College System institution, are granted in-state tuition. Board policy establishes student fee structures for the two-year institutions. Alabama offers tuition assistance to full-time employees of community, junior, and technical colleges and their dependents (courses taught by Athens State College are not subject to this policy) as well as dependent children and spouses of full-time law enforcement officers or firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Authority to Set Tuition and Fees

Fee-Specific Policies

Ala. Code 16-60-34 - Junior College for Jackson and Dekalb Counties: Matriculation, Library and Laboratory Fees
Ala. Code 16-60-3T4 - Junior College for Franklin, Marion and Winston Counties: Matriculation, Library and Laboratory Fees
Alabama State College System Policy 804.01 - Student Policy: Fees; General

Tuition and Fee Waivers

Ala. Code 31-10-20 - Supplemental Educational Assistance Benefits: Definitions
Ala. Code 31-10-21 - Supplemental Educational Assistance Benefits: Entitlement; Requirements; Educational Institutions to Insure Members Aware of Benefits
Ala. Code 31-10-22 - Supplemental Educational Assistance Benefits: Termination of Benefits
Ala. Code 31-10-23 - Supplemental Educational Assistance Benefits: Active Member of National Guard who is Out-of-State Resident
Ala. Code 31-10-24 - Supplemental Educational Assistance Benefits: When Benefits Effective
Ala. Code 31-10-25 - Supplemental Educational Assistance Benefits: Tuition Benefits; Appropriation of Funds
Ala. Code 31-6-1 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Short Title
Ala. Code 31-6-10 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Application for Benefits; Determination and Certification of Eligibility
Ala. Code 31-6-11 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Proof to be Submitted by Applicants for Benefits
Ala. Code 31-6-12 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Department of Veterans' Affairs to Inform Veterans, etc., of Benefits Under Chapter; Furnishing of Forms, etc.; Forwarding of Certificate of Eligibility, etc., to Educational Institutions
Ala. Code 31-6-13 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Faculties of Universities, Trade Schools, etc., to be Informed and to Inform Veterans' Dependents of Benefits Provided
Ala. Code 31-6-14 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: County and City Teachers to be Informed and to Inform Veterans' Dependents of Benefits Provided
Ala. Code 31-6-15 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Reimbursement of Educational Institutions Providing Benefits to Veterans and Dependents
Ala. Code 31-6-16 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Entrance Requirements of Educational Institutions Not Affected by Chapter
Ala. Code 31-6-17 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Prior Statutes Superseded; Rights Under Prior Statutes Preserved
Ala. Code 31-6-2 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Definitions
Ala. Code 31-6-3 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Designation of Benefits
Ala. Code 31-6-4 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Educational Benefits for Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans or Prisoners of War Generally
Ala. Code 31-6-5 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Educational Benefits for Wives or Widows of Deceased or Totally Disabled Veterans or Prisoners of War
Ala. Code 31-6-6 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Educational Benefits for Wives or Widows and Children of Partially Disabled Veterans; Reinstatement of Entitlements
Ala. Code 31-6-7 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Benefits Limited to Lives of Veterans' Immediate Children
Ala. Code 31-6-8 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Entitlement of Veterans to Educational Benefits for Extension or Correspondence Courses; Benefits Provided Not to be in Addition to Federal Benefits
Ala. Code 31-6-9 - Alabama G.I. and Dependents' Educational Benefit Act: Benefits for Wives, Widows and Dependents in Addition to Other Benefits; Interruption of Benefits
Ala. Code 36-21-100 - Police Officer's and Firefighter's Survivors Educational Assistance: Short Title
Ala. Code 36-21-101 - Police Officer's and Firefighter's Survivors Educational Assistance: Definitions
Ala. Code 36-21-102 - Police Officer's and Firefighter's Survivors Educational Assistance: Assistance Authorized; Eligibility
Ala. Code 36-21-103 - Police Officer's and Firefighter's Survivors Educational Assistance: Forms and Applications for Implementation
Ala. Code 36-21-104 - Police Officer's and Firefighter's Survivors Educational Assistance: Tuition Eligibility Board
Ala. Code 36-21-105 - Police Officer's and Firefighter's Survivors Educational Assistance: Appropriation of Funds
Alabama State College System Policy 612.02 - Personnel: Tuition Assistance
Alabama State College System Policy 612.02 - Personnel: Tuition Assistance; Guidelines for Policy
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REMEDIAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION

Students entering the Alabama community college system are required to take a placement exam to measure their college readiness in English, reading, and math. Students who do not meet the placement score must take remedial instruction until readiness for college-level course work is demonstrated on institution-wide, departmental exams. The Alabama Community College System sets minimum cut scores on approved placement exams, but institutions may establish higher standards. Each community college must communicate to local school superintendents in its service area the aggregate placement/assessment exam results for the district's graduates. (Prepared by Mary Fulton, Education Commission of the States, 2012)

Accountability, Reporting Rates of Enrollment and Costs of Remediation

Alabama College System Policy 902.02 - Institutional Effectiveness: Reporting Placement Results to Local Superintendents
Alabama College System Policy 902.02 - Institutional Effectiveness: Reporting Placement Results to Local Superintendents; Guidelines for Policy

Placement Policies

Alabama College System Policy 901.01 - Institutional Effectiveness: Developmental Instruction
Alabama College System Policy 901.01 - Institutional Effectiveness: Developmental Instruction; Guidelines for Policy
Alabama College System Policy 902.02 - Institutional Effectiveness: Reporting Placement Results to Local Superintendents
Alabama College System Policy 902.02 - Institutional Effectiveness: Reporting Placement Results to Local Superintendents; Guidelines for Policy
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RESIDENCY

Alabama residency policies are set by the state legislature. Evidence of residency must be provided in the form of a signed statement of a specific address in Alabama that is the student's residence, an intention to remain at this address indefinitely, and one or more substantial connections with the State of Alabama. If a dependent, the student's domicile is that of the parent(s). Non-resident active members of the Alabama National Guard qualify for resident tuition benefits provided that he or she enrolls in an postsecondary institution within Alabama. With regards to nonresident students, each public institution will charge each nonresident undergraduate student a minimum of twice the resident tuition charged by that institution; a nonresident graduate student will be charged tuition that is at least equal to the tuition charged to a nonresident undergraduate. Additionally, the governing board of each four-year public institution holds the power to extend resident tuition rates to students who reside in any county within 50 miles of an institution's campus. The State Board of Education will retain the power to extend tuition rates to students who reside in any county within 50 miles of a public two-year institution. Public four-year institutions and two-year institutions may choose to adopt more rigorous policies regarding nonresident tuition. (Last updated 2008)

Residency Classification

Ala. Code 16-64-2 - Requirements for Qualification as Resident Student
Ala. Code 16-64-3 - Certification of Residency; Evaluation of Connections with State of Alabama

Residency Policies Related to Military Service

Ala. Code 16-64-7 - Exceptions; College and University Off-Campus Offerings on Military Bases
Ala. Code 31-10-23 - Supplemental Educational Assistance Benefits: Active Member of National Guard who is Out-of-State Resident

Residency Policies Related to Tuition and Fees

Ala. Code 16-64-2 - Nonresident Tuition Rates for Institutions of Higher Education - Requirements for qualification as resident student
Ala. Code 16-64-4 - Tuition Rates for Nonresident; Extension of Resident Tuition Rates to Students Residing in Counties within 50 Miles of Campus
Ala. Code 16-64-5 - Adoption by Institution of More Rigorous Nonresident Tuition Rates
Ala. Code 16-64-6 - Annual Audit of Out-Of-State Tuition Practices
Alabama Commission on Higher Education Chpt. 300-2-4 - Academic Common Market, Residency Qualitfication

Residency Policies Related to Undocumented Students

Ala. Code 16-64-2 - Nonresident Tuition Rates for Institutions of Higher Education - Requirements for qualification as resident student
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STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

"The Alabama Commission on Higher Education administers various residency- and need-based aid programs funded by federal and state sources. The Student Grant program is a residency-based, tuition equalization program for students attending private, nonprofit colleges and universities, while the Student Assistance Program is the state's need-based grant. Also coordinated by the Commission are a minority doctoral program, out-of-state medical stipends, chiropractic scholarships, teacher technology training scholarships, National Guard grants, and aid for spouses and dependents of police officers and firefighters killed or disabled in the line of duty. For the 2005-2006 academic year, Alabama allocated 5,281 million for need-based aid and 2,347 million for non-need-based aid. In addition, the state has medical and dental scholarships (administered by the medical and dental scholarship boards, a pre-paid college tuition program (administered by the state treasurer's office), stipends for the dependents of veterans (administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and scholarships for students pursuing teaching certificated in math and science. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)"

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Ala. Code 31-13-8 - Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act - Enrollment or Attendance at Institutions of Postsecondary Education
Ala. Code 34-21-60 - Nursing - Post-Baccalaureate Scholarships - Established; Number
Ala. Code 34-21-61 - Nursing - Post-Baccalaureate Scholarships - Qualifications of Recipients; Applications
Ala. Code 34-21-62 - Nursing - Post-Baccalaureate Scholarships - Amount of Scholarships; Criteria for Selection of Recipients; Renewal of Scholarships; Failure to Complete Course or Service as a Nurse
Ala. Code 34-21-63 - Nursing - Post-Baccalaureate Scholarships - Appropriations
Ala. Code 16-31-1 - American Legion Scholarships: Established; Amount; Use
Ala. Code 16-31-2 - American Legion Scholarships: Fund Paid to Institution Designated
Ala. Code 16-31-3 - American Legion Scholarships: Credit to Account of Beneficiary
Ala. Code 16-31-4 - American Legion Scholarships: Appropriation from Education Trust Fund
Ala. Code 16-33A-1 - Alabama Student Grant Program: Definitions
Ala. Code 16-33A-10 - Alabama Student Grant Program: False Statements and Misrepresentations
Ala. Code 16-33A-11 - Alabama Student Grant Program: Responsibility for Program upon Cessation of ACHE
Ala. Code 16-33A-2 - Alabama Student Grant Program: Legislative Findings; Purpose of Chapter
Ala. Code 16-33A-3 - Alabama Student Grant Program: Amount of Grant for Each Eligible Student; Grants Payable to Institutions on Behalf of Students; Effective Date of Grants
Ala. Code 16-33A-4 - Alabama Student Grant Program: Program Administration
Ala. Code 16-33A-5 - Alabama Student Grant Program: Basic Powers and Duties of ACHE
Ala. Code 16-33A-6 - Alabama Student Grant Program: Grant Procedures and Requirements
Ala. Code 16-33A-7 - Alabama Student Grant Program: Nonsectarian Use of Funds Required
Ala. Code 16-33A-8 - Alabama Student Grant Program: Audits of Educational Institutions; Annual Reports to Legislature by Educational Institutions
Ala. Code 16-33A-9 - Alabama Student Grant Program: Proration of Funds when Funds Insufficient to Provide Full Grants
Ala. Code 16-33B-1 - Alabama Guaranteed Student Loan Program: Definitions
Ala. Code 16-33B-2 - Alabama Guaranteed Student Loan Program: Legislative Findings and Purposes
Ala. Code 16-33B-3 - Alabama Guaranteed Student Loan Program: Administration of Program
Ala. Code 16-33B-4 - Alabama Guaranteed Student Loan Program: Basic Powers and Duties of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education for the Alabama Guaranteed Student Loan Program
Ala. Code 16-33B-5 - Alabama Guaranteed Student Loan Program: Audit of Approved and Eligible Institutions
Ala. Code 16-33B-6 - Alabama Guaranteed Student Loan Program: False Statements or Misrepresentations
Ala. Code 16-33B-7 - Alabama Guaranteed Student Loan Program: Dissolution of Program; Vesting of Property
Ala. Code 16-33B-8 - Alabama Guaranteed Student Loan Program: Legal Counsel for Program
Ala. Code 16-47-76 - Dental College of Alabama: Board of Dental Scholarship Awards Creation; Establishment of Scholarships; Composition of Board
Ala. Code 16-47-77 - Dental College of Alabama: Board of Dental Scholarship Awards - Powers and Duties
Ala. Code 16-47-78 - Dental College of Alabama: Types of Scholarships; Disposition of Funds
Ala. Code 16-47-79 - Dental College of Alabama: Repayment of Loans
Ala. Code 16-47-80 - Dental College of Alabama: Contractual Agreement of Recipients; Penalties for Breach
Ala. Code 16-47-81 - Dental College of Alabama: Localities in Need of Dentists
Ala. Code 34-22-60 - Board of Optometric Scholarship Awards: Board Created; Composition; Terms of Office
Ala. Code 34-22-61 - Board of Optometric Scholarship Awards: Powers and Duties of Board
Ala. Code 34-22-62 - Board of Optometric Scholarship Awards: Types of Scholarships
Ala. Code 34-22-63 - Board of Optometric Scholarship Awards: Repayment of Loans; Service Contracts
Ala. Code 34-22-64 - Board of Optometric Scholarship Awards: Contractual Agreement of Recipients; Penalties for Breach; Institution of Legal Proceedings
Ala. Code 34-22-65 - Board of Optometric Scholarship Awards: Localities in Need of Optometrists
Alabama College System Policy 714.04 - Standards of Academic Progress: Federal Financial Aid
Alabama College System Policy 805.01 - Student Aid Programs: Scholarship/Financial Aid Committee
Alabama College System Policy 805.02 - Student Aid Programs: Institutional Scholarships/Waivers
Alabama College System Policy 805.02 - Student Aid Programs: Institutional Scholarships/Waivers; Guidelines for Policy
Alabama Commission on Higher Education Chpt. 300-4-6 - Chiropractic Scholarship Program

Targeted Scholarships for Low-Income Students

Alabama Commission on Higher Education Chpt. 300-4-2 - Alabama Student Assistance Program

Tuition Savings Plan

Ala. Code 16-33C-16 - Wallace-Folsom Prepaid College Tuition Trust Fund - Appropriations from the Education Trust Fund to the PACT Trust Fund; Full Funding
Ala. Code 16-33C-20 - Wallace-Folsom Prepaid College Tuition Trust Fund - Certification that Appropriations No Longer Necessary
Ala. Code 16-33C-23 - Wallace-Folsom Prepaid College Tuition Trust Fund - Resolution with PACT Purchasers to Address Actuarial Deficits in PACT Trust Fund
Ala. Code 16-33C-1 - Wallace-Folsom Prepaid College Tuition Trust Fund: Legislative Intent
Ala. Code 16-33C-10 - Wallace-Folsom Prepaid College Tuition Trust Fund: ACES Program Generally
Ala. Code 16-33C-11 - Wallace-Folsom Prepaid College Tuition Trust Fund: ACES Savings Agreements
Ala. Code 16-33C-12 - Wallace-Folsom Prepaid College Tuition Trust Fund: Additional ACES Duties of the Board
Ala. Code 16-33C-13 - Wallace-Folsom Prepaid College Tuition Trust Fund: Dissolution of ACES Program
Ala. Code 16-33C-2 - Wallace-Folsom Prepaid College Tuition Trust Fund: Short Title
Ala. Code 16-33C-2.1 - Wallace-Folsom Prepaid College Tuition Trust Fund: Creation and Administration of Plan
Ala. Code 16-33C-3 - Wallace-Folsom Prepaid College Tuition Trust Fund: Definitions
Ala. Code 16-33C-4 - Wallace-Folsom Prepaid College Tuition Trust Fund: Composition of the Board
Ala. Code 16-33C-5 - Wallace-Folsom Prepaid College Tuition Trust Fund: Powers of Board
Ala. Code 16-33C-6 - Wallace-Folsom Prepaid College Tuition Trust Fund: PACT Program Generally
Ala. Code 16-33C-7 - Wallace-Folsom Prepaid College Tuition Trust Fund: PACT Contract
Ala. Code 16-33C-8 - Wallace-Folsom Prepaid College Tuition Trust Fund: Additional PACT Duties of Board
Ala. Code 16-33C-9 - Wallace-Folsom Prepaid College Tuition Trust Fund: Dissolution of PACT Program
Ala. Code 40-18-15 - Tax Deductions for Individuals Generally: Alabama Prepaid Affordable College Tuition Program or the Alabama College Education Savings Program
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TEACHING QUALITY

To address literacy instruction, the state has created a nationally recognized program that provides high quality professional development through the Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI). Schools that volunteer to participate adopt a goal of 100 percent literacy for their students. Teachers are then trained in teams - at least 85 percent of the faculty including the principal - must participate in a 10 to 13 day summer intensive program. Schools and local systems then must designate and support a full-time reading specialist who spends half time with struggling readers and the other half coaching teachers. Specialists attend monthly advanced training sessions, sharing new techniques with teachers at their school. Higher education faculty work as mentors, connected to each school to provide support, demonstration and research. The state also has worked to increase its funding for teacher salaries by granting a six percent minimum salary increase for teachers beginning in fiscal year 2005-06. Also, the legislature enacted legislation in 2003 requiring the state Board of Education to create bonuses for teachers in hard-staff subjects and schools, but funding for the legislation was defeated by the voters. (Last updated 2008)

Financial Incentives (Scholarships, Loans, Grants)

Ala. Code 16-23-24 - Teacher Education Scholarship Loan Program Established; Use; Subsequent Obligations; Funding; Rule-making Authority; Provisions for Current Scholarship Recipients
Ala. Code 16-6A-14 - Scholarship Loans for Teacher Education Programs in Critical Needs Areas; Rules and Regulations
Alabama Commission on Higher Education Chpt. 300-4-10 - Technology Scholarship Program for Alabama Teachers

Licensure and Certification

Ala. Code 16-23-1 - Certain Public School Employees Must Hold Certificate
Ala. Code 16-23-16.1 - Creation of Professional Teachers Standards Commission; Designation or Development of Entry-level Pre-certification Examination for Teacher Candidates
Ala. Code 16-23-2 - Issuance, Extension and Renewal of Certificates
Ala. Code 16-23-3 - Provisional Certificates
Ala. Code 16-23-8 - Institutes - Attendance Required; Penalty for Failure to Attend
Ala. Code 16-3-16 - Teachers' Training and Certification; Reciprocity
Ala. Code 16-3-16.1 - Board to RevieR requirements for Teacher Education; Nationally Normed Teacher Examination

Mentoring and Teacher Induction Programs

Ala. Code 16-23-16.1 - Creation of Professional Teachers Standards Commission; Designation or Development of Entry-level Pre-certification Examination for Teacher Candidates

Professional Development

Ala. Code 16-23-12 - Teachers' Conferences
Ala. Code 16-23-13 - Training-in-Service Work
Ala. Code 16-23-16.1 - Creation of Professional Teachers Standards Commission; Designation or Development of Entry-level Pre-certification Examination for Teacher Candidates
Ala. Code 16-23-8 - Institutes - Attendance Required; Penalty for Failure to Attend
Ala. Code 16-47-15 - Summer School for Teachers - Establishment
Ala. Code 16-47-16 - Summer School for Teachers - Maintenance
Ala. Code 16-6A-16 - Plan for In-service Education Centers; Governing Boards; Requirements of Centers; School Systems to Affiliate with Centers

Programs Evaluation

Ala. Code 16-23-16.1 - Creation of Professional Teachers Standards Commission; Designation or Development of Entry-level Pre-certification Examination for Teacher Candidates

Recruitment

Ala. Code 16-23-6 - Placement Bureau for Teachers
Alabama Commission on Higher Education Chpt. 300-4-10 - Technology Scholarship Program for Alabama Teachers

Supply and Demand Strategies

Ala. Code 16-23-6 - Placement Bureau for Teachers
Ala. Code 16-6A-10 - Employment of Provisionally Certified Persons for Critical Needs Areas
Ala. Code 16-6A-14 - Scholarship Loans for Teacher Education Programs in Critical Needs Areas; Rules and Regulations
Ala. Code 16-6A-15 - Tuition Grant Program for Certified Teachers; Limitations on Tuition Reimbursement; Letter of Commitment; Withholding Records upon Failure to Satisfy Agreement
Ala. Code 16-6A-9 - Development of Plan for Improving Courses in Critical Needs Areas

Teacher Mobility (Portability-Reciprocity)

Ala. Code 16-23A-1 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel: Enactment; Contents
Ala. Code 16-23A-2 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel: Designation of State Superintendent of Education as Official Authorized to Enter into Contracts Pursuant to Agreement
Ala. Code 16-23A-3 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel: Filing and Publication of Contracts Entered into Pursuant to Agreement

Teacher Preparation

Ala. Code 16-23-12 - Teachers' Conferences
Ala. Code 16-23-13 - Training-in-Service Work
Ala. Code 16-23-16.1 - Creation of Professional Teachers Standards Commission; Designation or Development of Entry-level Pre-certification Examination for Teacher Candidates
Ala. Code 16-23-8 - Institutes - Attendance Required; Penalty for Failure to Attend
Ala. Code 16-3-16.1 - Board to RevieR requirements for Teacher Education; Nationally Normed Teacher Examination
Ala. Code 16-47-15 - Summer School for Teachers - Establishment
Ala. Code 16-47-16 - Summer School for Teachers - Maintenance
Ala. Code 16-6A-15 - Tuition Grant Program for Certified Teachers; Limitations on Tuition Reimbursement; Letter of Commitment; Withholding Records upon Failure to Satisfy Agreement
Ala. Code 16-6A-16 - Plan for In-service Education Centers; Governing Boards; Requirements of Centers; School Systems to Affiliate with Centers
Ala. Code 16-6A-9 - Development of Plan for Improving Courses in Critical Needs Areas
Alabama Commission on Higher Education Chpt. 300-4-10 - Technology Scholarship Program for Alabama Teachers
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