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    Superintendents support delay in law that holds back 3rd graders weak in reading

    Mar. 7—Several local school administrators support a bill that would delay by three years the holdback requirement in the Alabama Literacy Act to account for pandemic-related disruptions in learning, but a Decatur lawmaker who sponsored the Literacy Act opposes the delay. The Literacy Act, approved by lawmakers in 2019, currently requires that starting at the end of the 2021-2022 school year, ...

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    Decatur Housing Authority director pick has experience

    Mar. 7—The woman selected to lead the Decatur Housing Authority as it operates under federal scrutiny has an accounting background, 14 years in public housing administration and what a DHA board member called "passion for the residents." With no discussion, the DHA board voted unanimously last week to offer its executive director position to Taura Denmon, finance director for the Alexandria ...

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    Jackson calls for Pepper to resign over racially insensitive 2018 post

    Mar. 7—Decatur Councilman Hunter Pepper said Saturday he was "extremely sorry" for making a racially insensitive social media post in 2018, but a fellow council member said an apology was not enough and that Pepper should resign. "It's something that shouldn't be accepted," seven-term Councilman Billy Jackson said after Pepper discussed at a news conference a Facebook post he made when he was ...