Education

Birmingham Promise scholarship application open for 2020-2021

In its second year, the scholarship program provides eligible Birmingham City School (BCS) students monetary assistance needed to attend any two- or four-year college in the state of Alabama.

  Brookwood Career Tech program gets largest donation in its history

  Birmingham City Schools moving to blended schedule starting in November

  Some TCS students not logging on for online learning

  JSU rededicates tornado-damaged Mason Hall

Bill would change school funding to help growing systems

UAB creates drop-in study program for remote learning children and working parents

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Midfield City Schools will continue remote learning due to mechanical problems in classrooms

Bessemer City High School hosts virtual pep rally; Superintendent gets down

  Community leaders react to Hoover superintendent’s resignation

Local tutor recommends students still take standardize tests as universities waive scores for 2021 admissions

No fees for some applications during 2020 Alabama College Application Week

Birmingham City Schools to offer COVID-19 testing to employees

  Dr. Kathy Murphy leaving Hoover City Schools for new role as Gadsden State president

Murphy, was appointed after a months-long search by a presidential committee.

Auburn University announces mostly in-person plan for spring 2021

Most of Auburn University’s students will head back to the classroom for the spring 2021 semester, according to Provost Bill Hardgrave.

Terry Saban elected to Stillman College board of Trustees

Saban and the other members, James D Anderson and Katie Boyd Britt were announced Thursday and are set to began a three year term on the school’s board.

RSA: No significant increase in teacher retirements amid COVID-19

In September, 274 county and city school employees retired, up from 135 in September of 2019 and 145 in September 2018, according to the Retirement Systems of Alabama.

Orr proposes more teacher development days tied to pay increase

Homewood City Schools returning to in-person learning Oct. 22

  Jefferson County Middle School students return to new school building

UA won’t require standardized test scores for 2021 admission

  COVID-19 cases reported in Alabama public schools

  Shelton State Community College starts Modern Manufacturing program

Miles College sees 40% increase in enrollment during pandemic

Miles College is reversing the decrease in enrollment trend and right in the middle of a pandemic.

Beloved Hueytown HS baseball coach Rick Patterson dies

Coach Patterson was a teacher and coach for 41 years, with 31 of those years in Jefferson County, and 27 of the years as the head baseball coach at Hueytown High School.

  School districts across the area heading back for face to face learning

Gadsden City Schools, Bessemer City Schools, Tuscaloosa City Schools, and Jefferson County Schools are all now offering face to face learning for students.

  4 school superintendents talk about a school year like no other

Sarah Verser hosted a virtual roundtable with four area school superintendents to talk about Fall 2020 and a school year unlike any other.

  Student-athletes, cheerleaders and band members offered COVID-19 testing in Birmingham schools

The nasal swab testing will be offered at BCS high schools beginning Monday, September 28, 2020. Each school will be assigned a specific date and scheduled time for testing.

  Hoover City Schools releases updated COVID Data Tracker

Hoover City School leaders released updated information on how it’s tracking COVID data for the district.

  School districts take closer look at teacher training and curriculum following national unrest

The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor renewed a conversation about race in this country and shifted perspective for educators ahead of this year.

Initial numbers show decreases in community college, undergrad enrollments

Preliminary numbers show some significant drops in enrollment this semester at some of Alabama’s two- and four-year colleges.

Gov. Ivey creates Alabama STEM Council

The council, created through an executive order, has 46 members who will advise state leadership on ways to improve Alabama’s education system in order to promote STEM careers and support current and future businesses.

  Some JEFCOED students return to the classroom

The plan is for elementary school students to begin on September 28th, and secondary schools on October 5th.

  Birmingham City School leaders continue to push to register students

Birmingham City Schools continues to work to get students registered for the year.

  Jefferson County School leaders working to secure more PPE

Jefferson County School leaders are working to increase the districts supply of PPE as they get ready to welcome students back into buildings for in-person learning.

  Advice for parents for students struggling with virtual learning

Virtual learning is the new normal and for some families it’s been stressful, but experts say there are things you can do to try and make it as stress free as possible.

  Are schools going back to in-person instruction too soon? Teacher’s union weighs in

Some parents even protested and started petitions to get their kids back in the classroom.

Hoover elementary students will return to in-person instruction 4 days a week

Hoover City Schools' leaders announced elementary school students will move from a staggered in-person/remote learning schedule to a four-day a week in-person schedule. Middle and high school students who have chosen in-person instruction will remain in the staggered schedule at this point.

Helena High School cancels 2 football games over COVID-19 concerns

The two games include a home game against Pelham High School scheduled for September 18 and an away game against McAdory High School scheduled for September 25.

  Superintendents clarify Leeds vs. Moody FB game controversy

Both Leeds and St. Clair County Superintendents are clarifying what happened during the rivalry football game that ended in Leeds band being sent home.

Classes cancelled Monday at Vance Elem. in Tuscaloosa Co. due to no water

No other Tuscaloosa County Schools are affected.

  Could 5-day in-person learning be on hold for Hoover schools?

The district announced earlier this month the plan was to try and start a five-day a week schedule, but that may be looking more like a goal than the reality.

State will publish K-12 school COVID-19 cases soon

Most of the state’s largest school districts started school virtually this year but many are now saying they will move to in-person instruction by November.

Shelby County Schools will return to 5-day instruction for traditional students Sept. 14

The move will happen September 14.

  Gadsden City Schools to offer in-person instruction as an option

The system went to an all-remote learning format due to a spike in COVID-19 cases over the summer in Etowah County.

  Birmingham parents react to the first day of school and learning virtually

Birmingham City Schools started school September 8 with the entire district learning virtually.

Jefferson County Schools anticipate move to A/B model traditional school before end of 9 weeks

The order for a return to a hybrid traditional model would start with Pre-K and Exceptional Education students. K-5 will be second. Finally grades 6-12 would return.

  Remote education support offered for B’ham, JeffCo online students

Kingdom Family Christian Fellowship is the latest to offer remote education support.

Auburn renames student center after Ga. Supreme Court Chief Justice

Auburn University is renaming its student center after Supreme Court of Georgia Chief Justice Harold D. Melton.

  Tarrant community helps fill digital divide for students

It’s become a community effort to make sure Tarrant City School students have what they need this year. Local businesses and churches are serving as Wifi hot spot zones so student can get their work done.

  Alabama’s Elementary Teacher of the Year receives check

Thursday, Dr. Jackson was presented with a check for $1,000 from the Scottish Rite Foundation.

Decline in school enrollment in the Black Belt threatens economic stability, new report says

Based on research done by the University of Alabama’s Education Policy Center, Alabama’s public school enrollment in the 24 counties that comprise the Black Belt fell from 139,739 to 106,801 from 1995 to the 2019-2020 school year.

  School Resource Officers not expected to be ‘mask police’

SROs will be coming back to Alabama schools as doors reopen, but they will not be acting just as the mask and social distancing police.

  Jefferson County school teachers prepared for new school year

Earlier this month, Jefferson County Schools pushed the school start date back to September 1 to give teachers more time to prepare.

  UPDATE: Vouchers for free internet access should go out this week

Starting this week, vouchers for free broadband internet for school students in Alabama start going out.

  School system warns of ’Tea Room’, ‘Shade Room’ Instagram profiles

The profiles in question promise anonymity for students who provide content or otherwise engage. The profiles also ask students to vote in various polls ranging from teacher preferences to political preferences.

Hoover City Schools will return to in-person learning 5 days a week

Effective Oct. 19, Pre-K through 12th grades will return to in-person, five days per week of instruction.

New Hope Baptist Church holds drive-by parade for scholarship recipients

The church will provide almost $15,000 in scholarships to over 40 applicants entering college or already in college.

eLearning camp at Levite Jewish Community Center

The Levite Jewish Community Center is offering an e-learning camp called “Camp J All Day.”

  Tarrant City Schools get Chromebooks just in time

Over 600 parents came to the schools Monday to pick up the Chromebooks so they could be ready for school on Tuesday.

  Some teachers express concern with Schoology platform

Districts across the state are experiencing the growing pains and challenges as they transition to a new e-learning platform this school year.

  School Check-in: Pell City Schools

We’re continuing to check in with districts about the back to school transition.

University of Montevallo student enrollments increased over 2,000 this fall semester

On August 24, University of Montevallo began this year’s fall semester with the total enrollment of 2,656 which increased by 2% compared to fall semester of 2019.

  Jefferson County SRO’s training for school safety

Jefferson County schools start back to class next week, but today school resource officers are doing all they can to make sure it will be a safe return.

  Schools bring in extra resources to help Hispanic families through pandemic challenges

School districts are working to make sure all students are served this year. Districts with higher Hispanic populations have had to do a little more planning and bring in more resources.

  State superintendent on new PPE for all schools, football and COVID-19

Dr. Mackey said more and more parents are calling to get back in schools, even if they signed up for remote instruction.

  State superintendent talks about positive COVID-19 cases in schools

New reaction Thursday from the state superintendent on multiple positive cases in schools as they reopen across Alabama.

State superintendent addresses substitute teacher shortage in Alabama

State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey addresses the substitute teacher shortage around Alabama.

  Wenonah High School’s Hospitality and Tourism Academy wins prestigious award

For the first time in 20 years the National Academy Foundation held its annual conference online, but it provided a big moment for Wenonah High School awarding the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism its highest level of achievement, the Sanford I. Weill Award for Excellence.

  Lawson State Community College named Apple tech hub for HBCUs

Lawson State Community College is now a new Apple tech hub for HBCUs. Apple has extended its partnership with the school which means more learning resources are coming to the college.

Drive by Meet the Teacher at Deer Valley Elementary

Deer Valley Elementary in Hoover, which welcomes students back on August 20, held their drive through Tuesday.

  Autherine Lucy Foster receives Honorary Doctorate from Miles College

Foster is a retired educator who became the first African-American student to desegregate the University of Alabama. Born on October 5, 1929, in Shiloh, Alabama, Foster attended Miles College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in English in 1952.

  Homewood School leaders give sneak peek of renovated high school before first day

Homewood School leaders showed off the new addition to Homewood High School during Tuesday’s ribbon cutting.

  Shelby County leaders give update on COVID impact in district

Shelby County leaders are monitoring staff and students either coming back to school after COVID exposure or being sent home because of COVID.

  Conversations in Black and White: Integrating Sunday Morning

Pastors talk about how local churches in Birmingham can move the conversation about race forward, and bridge a gap that continues to exist on Sunday mornings.

Haleyville Elementary welcomes students back with a parade

Every year the school holds an “Open House” event where students and parents get to come and meet their teacher, but that couldn’t happen this year because of the pandemic.

When does my school start? List of dates for schools in our viewing area

It’s almost time for the 2020-2021 school year and it’ll look different than any ever seen before due to COVID-19.

Classes at Mt. Laurel Elementary canceled Friday due to power outage

Officials say the school is without power after a traffic accident involving a power pole resulted in the loss of power in the Mt. Laurel community.

  Alabama’s Teacher of the Year is from Pell City

The Alabama Teacher of the Year spends the school year serving as an official spokesperson for state education and the teaching profession.

Sylacauga City Schools will start later, alternating schedule

All students who selected the traditional learning platform will be divided into two groups alphabetically and attend school on an alternating cycle.

Community college registration numbers fall as classes start

During Wednesday’s Alabama Community College System board meeting, Vice Chancellor Susan Price told board members that the current number of registered students is 55,981, down from 70,938 during the 2019 fall semester.