Alabama Governor Kay Ivey says that the US Department of Education has approved the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan. The Alabama Board of Education submitted the plan in October. The Alabama ESSA state plan focuses on the needs of students and teachers around the state including adding National Board Certified math and science teachers in hard to staff areas, improving the Alabama Reading Initiative, and increasing the overall number of highly qualified teachers.
Governor Ivey requested a substantial increase to help hire National Board Certified Teachers in math and science into hard to staff areas, $4 million to improve the Alabama Reading Initiative, and $725,000 in scholarships for students training to teach math and science. Each of those requests were enacted for the upcoming fiscal year.