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August 2, 2013

Alabama educators addressing disconnected students

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The state Department of Education is planning to unveil its new way to address barriers to learning and teaching and to re-engage disconnected students.

Department officials will join other educators Friday in Montgomery to present the Comprehensive System of Learning Supports design documents.

The director of the department's Office of Learning Support, Linda Felton-Smith, says the design moves student supports away from reacting to problems and moves them toward a system emphasizing prevention and early intervention.

The department says 10 school districts will implement the design this fall. They are Bessemer, Chickasaw, Etowah County, Butler County, Decatur, Perry County, Calhoun County, Dothan, Shelby County, and Lauderdale County. Other districts will be phased in over the coming years.

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