Education

Pelham City Schools passes plan for teacher pay raises

The Pelham Board of Education will now be allocating approximately $1.3 million dollars more per year for employee pay and benefits than they did when the system started in 2014.

Shelby Co. schools to offer virtual option in ’21-’22 for older grades only

  More talk needed about Birmingham school calendar

UAB waives application fees for a week

  Birmingham City Schools heading back to the classroom as teachers and faculty get COVID-19 vaccines

  Tuscaloosa City Schools considering return to 5 days of on-campus teaching

Birmingham City Schools announce return to blended schedule in March

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Elmore County Schools employees to get second bonus

  Halls of Greystone Elementary transformed into Candy Land

UA System Board of Trustees renames Wallace Building at UAB

Auburn University fully returning to on-campus operations

New Senate Bill seeks to amend the Alabama Literacy Act

  Scholarship created in memory of legendary Wenonah Coach Emanuel Bell

  Birmingham City Schools proposing mid-July start date for next school year

Dr. Sullivan said the district is proposing modifying the school schedule for next year to address academic slide due to COVID-19.

Mayor Woodfin and Birmingham Promise announce resources to help families in meeting FAFSA deadline

Birmingham City Schools students graduating in May must apply for Birmingham Promise and complete a FAFSA form by March 1 to be part of the tuition assistance program.

Midfield City Schools return to virtual learning because of COVID-19 cases

The return to virtual learning started Monday, February 1.

UA higher education professor named one of top 15 U.S. emerging scholars under the age of 40

University of Alabama Assistant Professor of Higher Education Dr. Krystal L. Williams was chosen by “Diverse: Issues in Higher Education” magazine as one of the nation’s top 15 emerging scholars under the age of 40.

  Should parents consider holding students back a grade who struggle during the pandemic?

  Pickens Co. Schools moving to virtual learning due to water supply problems

Parents consider holding children back after struggling with remote learning

Tarrant City Schools grades K-6 returning to classroom 5 days a week

  Superintendent: Students will not return to damaged Fultondale HS; new school to open in 2023

Ala. education dept. seeks more money after drop in student grades during pandemic

Hoover elementary, middle school students returning to in-person instruction

Elementary and middle school students in Hoover will soon return to five days a week of in-person instruction.

  Some Jefferson County schools closed Tuesday following damaging storms

No classes will be held for either traditional or remote students at these schools. All other JEFCOED schools will be open Tuesday.

MPS returns to virtual only until COVID-19 vaccine becomes available

Montgomery Public School students and faculty will move to remote working and learning, officials announced.

17-year-old arrested after 2 unloaded firearms located in vehicle

Investigators said school resource officers were alerted by school administrators after the student was overheard talking about a firearm.

  Some new executive orders impact education services

President Joe Biden signed a number of executive orders in the first 24 hours in office. Several of the new action items deal with student education services.

Birmingham City Schools will continue virtual learning through February

Birmingham City Schools announced it will remain on the virtual learning schedule for a little longer.

  Elementary students in Hoover start 4 days of in-person learning

It’s kind of like the first day of school all over again for some Hoover City School students. Elementary students started their new learning schedule Tuesday. Students moved from 2 days a week of in person learning to 4 days a week of in person learning.

2 MPS schools to go virtual as precaution ahead of possible protests

Two schools near downtown Montgomery will be virtual as a precaution to possible protests ahead of Inauguration Day.

  What impact could the new COVID variant have on schools

The CDC continues to monitor for spread of COVID variants - which are essentially new forms of the COVID virus. They’re monitoring one in particular that’s already showing up in the U.S. and it’s considered more contagious.

  State Superintendent concerned about winter months for in-person learning

State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey says he has concerns about COVID’s impact on schools over the next few months and the ability to maintain full in person learning.

  When will mass vaccinations start for teachers?

State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey and the state’s top health officials met Thursday morning to continue talks on how to get more teachers access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

  UAB Spring semester starts next week with COVID-19 precautions, testing in place

UAB’s spring semester starts next Tuesday. It will look much like the fall semester.

  Apple announces launch of innovation hub for HBCUs

The propel center is designed to connect HBCU students to technology, accelerated programs, and entrepreneurship skills development while focusing on social justice and equality.

  Birmingham City Schools mourn loss of coach after battle with COVID-19

Derrick Johnson was unforgettable and those who knew and loved him were devastated by the untimely loss.

Teachers protest against in-person learning near state capitol

On Saturday, a small group of teachers voiced that message near the state capitol.

Alabama women’s basketball player wins $20,000 CFP/Dr. Pepper tuition grant

Ariyah Copeland, an Alabama basketball player, was one of five grand prize winners presented with $20,000 tuition grants, while more than 60 student athletes received $2,500 each in tuition awards.

Judson College to stay open for spring semester

Judson College students will return for the spring semester.

Jefferson Co. Schools will begin spring semester remotely

All Jefferson County students will learn remotely for at least the first week of the spring semester.

Judson College reaches $500,000 goal to stay open

Judson College President Tew announced that the Dec. 31, 2020, fundraising goal of $500,000 has been met.

  University of Alabama moves forward with diversity plan

A presidential advisory committee released the plan recently in hopes the strategy will improve the school’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

  State Superintendent discusses COVID relief package impact in Alabama

This new bill includes four times more money for schools. Dr. Mackey says state by state allocations have not been released yet, but based on the math from the previous bill Alabama could get $800 - $900 million dollars.

  State superintendent talks vaccines for teachers

State leaders are working through the logistics of teacher vaccinations after the CDC approved recommendations that school staff get the vaccine.

  Money coming from Washington D.C. to help Alabama schools

More money is coming from Washington, D.C. to help schools as they face challenges during the pandemic.

Full time employees for Tuscaloosa County Schools earn coronavirus pay bonus

The Tuscaloosa County School Board voted in favor of a one-time bonus for full-time employees Thursday.

  Birmingham native wins $15K McDonald’s Black and Positively Golden Scholarship

Bayles plans to use the money to pay for her remaining time in school and prepare for her next step.

Years after Montgomery teen beats cancer, dream of being a nurse comes true

Nine years ago, life threw Paige Kendrick a curve ball in the form of Stage 2 ovarian cancer. She was only 15-years-old.

  Hoover Library getting creative with holiday programming for children during pandemic

It’s much quieter this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the librarians are working hard to make sure those traditions are still alive and accessible.

  Health leaders update COVID-19 exposure quarantine times

New guidance released by the state Friday allows for slightly shorter quarantine times if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 based on updates from the CDC.

Pioneer Pantry: Helping keep Jeff State students, faculty and staff fed

Volunteers will load the bags with a few extra goodies this month: a pre-cooked ham, some dinner rolls, some household & hygiene products, and some sweet treats to put in stockings.

  Hoover Board of Ed. names interim superintendent, approves one-time $500 exceptional pay

Dr. Tera Simmons has been the assistant superintendent since 2016 and will fulfill the duties of superintendent next month.

K-12 enrollment increases, still down from 2019

The biggest loss of students is among kindergarteners with around 3,000 fewer attending in 2020 than in 2019.

  Ala. superintendent weighs in on vaccine timeline for teachers, remote learning

State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey weighed in on the COVID vaccine and remote learning during Thursday’s state school board meeting.

Gadsden City Schools moving to virtual instruction

All Gadsden City School students will be on virtual learning for the time period from Dec. 14 to Jan. 11.

  Schools losing teachers to COVID-19

COVID-19 has taken so much from so many - including our loved ones. State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey saying during Thursday’s meeting more teachers have died due to the virus.

Community colleges seek funding for workforce development, correctional campus

New leadership at the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles prompted the Alabama Community College System to increase its proposed spending on correctional education in the next budget year.

  Tuscaloosa-area schools announce changes during last week of classes before Christmas Break

Tuscaloosa-area school systems announce COVID19-related changes that will go into effect before students are out for holidays.

Attalla City and Etowah County Schools will transition to virtual learning

The plans are for students in both school systems to return to campus on Monday, January 11, 2021.

Total COVID-19 impact on learning loss in Alabama may not be known for years

The state was set to launch a new statewide assessment test this spring, but the pandemic halted all standardized testing in March.

Pell City Schools moving to distance learning

The distance learning will go from December 8 through December 18.

Homewood Officer gets little boy’s bike repaired

Sutton learned someone had given Andrew a bicycle, but the bicycle needed repairs.

  St. Clair Co. Keeping Schools Open plan

Howard said he met with School Board Members Monday morning to implement a Keeping Schools Open Plan. In this plan, leaders outline 6 stages to keep traditional school open for students.

  Measuring the impact of state student enrollment drops

School districts across the state are working to track down thousands of students who didn’t enroll this year. The state superintendent is now saying close to 10,000 kids didn’t show up for class.

‘We Love Lucy’s’: UAB honors coffee shop owner with scholarship

Lucy’s Coffee and Tea was a staple of mornings and afternoons for the UAB community for more than 25 years.

Tuscaloosa City Schools will transition to an all virtual schedule Dec. 14-18

The recommendation was made after concerns over increased post holiday numbers were cited during a Thursday afternoon board meeting

  Hoover City Schools release learning survey for parents

Hoover City Schools released an updated survey for parents to complete who are considering switching their child’s learning option.

  Union representatives push back against Governor Ivey’s stance on in-person learning

Some education advocates and state union members are pushing back against Governor Kay Ivey’s announcement that schools should move to more in-person learning.

Scholarship established at UAB in honor of Megan Louise Montgomery

Her legacy and passion for learning and giving now live on through the Megan Louise Montgomery Endowed Memorial Scholarship at UAB.

Sylacauga HS shifts to remote learning

Sylacauga High School will shift to remote learning beginning Thursday, Dec 3.

State superintendent says thousands of public students no longer enrolled

State Superintendent Eric Mackey said the students may be enrolled in a private school or home-schooled. They may also be at home.\

Gov. Ivey urges in-person learning at Alabama schools in 2021

The governor called on school administrators to move back to in-person learning, saying virtual and remote instruction are “stop-gap measures” that cannot become permanent.

  Hoover City Schools starts staggered schedule

Hoover City Schools resumed the staggered learning schedule Monday where students only report certain days during the week. Superintendent Dr. Kathy Murphy also released updated numbers for parents.

  Schools prepare for post-Thanksgiving COVID spike

School leaders and nurses are monitoring for rises in COVID-19 case reports after the Thanksgiving Holiday.

  Students quarantined at C.J. Donald, District partnership with medical team pays off during pandemic

Some students and staff at C.J. Donald Elementary in Fairfield are in day two of their quarantine after a potential COVID-19 exposure at school. The district has a partnership with Cahaba Medical Care which paid off during their safety response.

Vestavia Hills Board of Education approves $400 special supplement for employees

We’re told employees will receive the one-time payment around mid-December.

School enrollment dropping in Alabama

Leaders are now trying to account for more than 5,000 students who didn’t show up for in person or online school this year.

Troy University officially renames signature building for late Rep. John Lewis

For decades the name of a former Alabama governor and Ku Klux Klan member fronted one of the main buildings on the Troy University campus, but not anymore.

Winston County Schools going virtual only

All Winston County Schools will operate in a “virtual only” educational environment for the week of Nov. 16-20.

Thank Alabama Teachers Week

Nationally, teachers are honored each spring with a dedicated Teachers Appreciation Week, however, due to the unique and challenging set of circumstances teachers have experienced this year, the state is providing Alabama teachers with extra praise.