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- State Sen. Linda Coleman-Madison, D-Birmingham, filed a bill that would make it harder for small cities to break away and establish their own school districts.
- Another state senator, Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, proposed a measure to allocate $14.7 million in state funds to anti-bullying efforts in schools statewide. Under the bill, each school would get $10,000 for these initiatives.
- The state Senate will also debate a bill that would allow public schools to offer Bible studies electives to students in grades 6-12.
Ahead of the state’s legislative session that starts March 5, a pre-filed bill addresses the controversial decision made in November regarding a high school basketball standout. The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) ruled Maori Davenport ineligible for her senior season after USA Basketball, which she competed for during the summer, mistakenly sent her a paycheck, which she cashed. The controversial decision spurred state Rep. Kyle South, R-Fayette, to file legislation calling for more government oversight of the AHSAA.
State legislator Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, said she’s been working with Republican Gov. Kay Ivey’s office to help boost K-3 reading levels through an upcoming initiative.