Alabama News: Budget Scheme Dropped; Grade Changing Probe Continues

By: AP
By: AP

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama Republicans are sending volunteers to assist GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in swing states, including Ohio and Florida. Ken Brown, the char of the Cullman County GOP, returned this week from Ohio. He was among more than 100 people from Alabama working for the party.

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) -- Gov. Robert Bentley's administration has abandoned a budgeting process used by former Gov. Bob Riley's administration that required government agencies to set goals and plan their spending to achieve those goals. The budgeting process, which went by the acronym SMART, was run out of the state's Executive Planning Office.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A state investigation into allegations of grade-changing at Montgomery's public schools should end within two weeks. State Superintendent Tommy Bice said he's pleased with the amount of data his investigators have recovered.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- A new chancellor wants to see student enrollment grow at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Chancellor Robert Witt said Friday during a meeting of the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees that he's met with UAB's interim president and other staff to discuss ways to increase growth at the Birmingham campus.

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