State Trying to Help Disconnected Students in Butler, Perry Counties

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By Alabama News Network

The state Department of Education is working with 10 pilot school systems, including those in Butler and Perry counties, to address barriers to learning and teaching and to re-engage disconnected students.

Department officials joined city and county superintendents Friday 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 support system was designed by Alabamians. She said it moves student supports away from reacting to problems and moves them toward a system emphasizing prevention and early intervention. It will address issues ranging from hunger to bullying.

Ten school districts will implement the design this fall. Besides Butler County and Perry County schools, they include Bessemer, Chickasaw, Etowah County,  Decatur, Calhoun County, Dothan, Shelby County, and Lauderdale County. It will expand statewide within three to five years.

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