Long-running teacher testing case in Ala comes to an end
Montgomery, AL – - A federal judge has closed the books on
a nearly 30-year-old racial bias case that revamped the way Alabama
tests teachers for certification.
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson dismissed the case Wednesday
after a period in which no challenges were filed to the subject
matter tests that the state resumed giving in 2006.
The case began in 1981 when historically black Alabama State
University and some of its students filed suit contending new
subject matter tests were racially biased. Five years later the
state agreed to drop the tests, and none were given for many years
until later settlements were reached.
The judge also approved $250,000 in attorney fees, bringing the
total to $350,000 for the period from April 2005 through July 2009.