About Alabama


Jim Williams, retired executive director of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, wrote for The Alabama Baptist for several years on state and municipal government issues in Alabama. Check out the archives of his articles below.


August 27, 2015

About Alabama — Teacher Quality Matters

The State of Alabama has an ambitious plan to improve its public schools. Its success is important to every Alabamian because the economic future ... [READ MORE]

July 16, 2015

About Alabama: State Budget Reform Is a Must

The 2015 legislative session ended without a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year. Two months remain to complete this requirement, but ... [READ MORE]

April 30, 2015

About Alabama: Annual Proficiency Tests Underway in Public Schools

Students in Alabama’s public schools are in the midst of taking the state’s annual proficiency tests. This is the second year of testing ... [READ MORE]

March 19, 2015

About Alabama — What Alabamians Think About Current Public Issues

Each year the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) conducts a public opinion survey on the major issues facing our state. The 2015 ... [READ MORE]

February 26, 2015

About Alabama — Reforming the State’s Correctional System

When the Legislature convenes in March, one of the most pressing issues it will face is reforming the state’s correctional system. Alabama ... [READ MORE]

January 29, 2015

About Alabama — Balancing Budget Accounts

When the Alabama Legislature convenes in March, its major challenge will be how to balance the state’s two large budget accounts, which are ... [READ MORE]

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