Jemma Stephenson

Jemma Stephenson

Jemma Stephenson covers education as a reporter for the Alabama Reflector.

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US Supreme Court rejects Alabama’s request to stay redistricting decision

By: - September 26, 2023

This story first appeared in the Alabama Reflector. The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday denied Alabama’s request to stay a lower court decision directing a special master to draw new state congressional maps to remedy Voting Rights Act violations. The nation’s high court dismissed the request in two one-sentence orders. No opinions were given with […]

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Why Alabama can’t control college tuition costs

By: - August 23, 2023

This story first appeared in the Alabama Reflector. States have varying degrees of control over the tuition price of their public higher education institutions. Alabama has none. Under Alabama law, higher education institutions set tuition and fees for students. The state government cannot control those increases, and one of the legislature’s education budget chairs says moving […]