Education

Tuscaloosa City Schools RB3 Initiative already showing positive reading results

The new program is called the Reading Before Third Grade (RB3) Initiative, and administrators are already seeing positive results.

  Who isn’t required to live on campus at UAB freshman year?

  Shelton State Community College and Alabama State University enter into agreement

Pell City parents worried about new attendance policy

  Bicentennial Black History Month book unveiled

Homewood Schools Superintendent announces retirement

  Spiderman at East Elementary School in Cullman

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  Hoover School Board leaders oppose longer summer breaks

University of Montevallo freezes tuition for 2nd year

  2 Birmingham schools will receive $1.8 million in technology

Students compete in JefCoEd Navigators Cup

Educators stress importance of the awareness of the Alabama Literacy Act

Several school systems closing early due to severe weather threat

  Hoover Bio Bucs competing at Lexus Eco Challenge

Last year was the first time they won the national contest.

  Tuscaloosa County Schools work to prevent flu from spreading

Tuscaloosa County Schools are doing several things to prevent the flu from spreading among students

  Chelsea Park Elementary gets 75 Chromebooks from tax increase

Chelsea Park Elementary has a $24,000 grant coming their way thanks to the one cent sales tax increase.

  New protection for playground near golf course in Vestavia Hills

The playground at East borders the Vestavia Country Club and concerned parents had complained golfers were hitting golf balls into the playground area.

Three Alabama schools to receive new fitness center

  Small flu outbreak cancels Oak Mountain HS basketball game

  Verner Elementary School is a learning lab for students with dyslexia

  New Spirit Store at Wenonah High School

  Birmingham School Board denies charter school applications

Chilton Co. elementary student found with BB gun, school not in danger

Jemison schools closing early Tuesday

All Jemison schools will close at 1:00 p.m. including Elementary, Intermediate, Middle and High schools.

  Alabaster students celebrate 100 days of school

Students in some grades dressed as 100-year-olds to celebrate the 100th day of school.

  UAB announces full tuition scholarship in support of Birmingham Promise Initiative

The Birmingham Promise scholarship at UAB covers tuition and may be awarded for up to five years of full-time study at UAB.

  Legal fees could hurt Gardendale schools

A federal judge ordered the city’s school system to pay $850,000 in legal fees.

  Etowah County students wear pajamas to school for Giving Tuesday

Students throughout the Etowah County school system spent Giving Tuesday in their pajamas.

  SAFE tags for students’ mental health at Cullman High School

Cullman High School has started several initiatives to face mental health issues head on.One initiative is called a bearcat enrichment period, where students meet with teachers to talk about their grades and attendance.

  Dr. Autumm Jeter named superintendent of Bessemer City Schools, outlines goals

Bessemer City Schools has named Dr. Autumm Jeter as the new leader of the school system.

  Bill introduced to help teacher shortage

Alabama Senator Doug Jones has introduced a bill that he says will alleviate Alabama's teacher shortage crisis.

Jefferson County Commission announces millions for public schools

Tuesday the Jefferson County Commission announced its annual $18 million allocation to schools systems in the county.

  Jemison Intermediate rewards students with outdoor STEM classroom

Some school leaders in Chilton County are making a major investment in STEM Education.

  Some Birmingham schools now off the failing schools list

Birmingham school leaders say they did get some schools off the failing list and are seeing improvement.

  Alabama releases names of 75 ‘failing schools’ for 2020-21

Birmingham City Schools had the largest number of schools, accounting for 36 percent of those on the list.

Warning to drivers: When you pass a school bus you’re putting lives at risk

Some drivers are still not heeding the warning or the law when it comes to passing stopped school buses. In Jefferson County alone, at least 138 people passed a school bus this year.

New rankings have Montevallo in Top 3 for the state

The University of Montevallo was ranked in the Top 3 universities in the state in Wallethub’s most recent rankings.

The money is in for Birmingham Promise, Inc.

Tuesday the Birmingham City Council approved $2 million from the City of Birmingham every year for five years under a project agreement for Birmingham Promise, Inc.

New program aims to improve response times in school emergencies

For rural areas, the seconds of time saved contacting law enforcement can be incredibly important.

  Deadline for Birmingham Apprenticeship Program approaching

If you are a student or a parent of a Birmingham City School student, the deadline is approaching to participate in the Birmingham Apprenticeship Program.

  The numbers are in and area schools get better grades

At least three school systems in central Alabama have made strides when it comes to the The Alabama State Department of Education’s report card.

  Building connections between students and the Leeds community

The Leeds Chamber of Commerce has been working for years to build lasting connections between graduating high school juniors and seniors and their community.

  Pinson Valley teacher wins $25K award

Also called the “Oscar of Teaching,” the Milken Educator Award was presented to Raisa Eady. The award comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize.

  Property tax renewal critical to Birmingham City School budget

Taxes vital to the Birmingham City School system are up for a vote.

  Helping Families is making a difference in chronic absenteeism in schools

Helping Families is a program through the Jefferson County D.A.’s office that is changing the focus when it comes to truancy from enforcement to more intervention.

  School counselors train to help suicidal and emotional students

School counselors, social workers and mental health professionals from Indian Rivers get training to help kids who may have emotional problems or could have suicidal thoughts

  Talladega College apologizes for speech by rapper David Banner

A convocation speech at Talladega College causes mixed reactions.

  Enrollment starts for Birmingham Promise apprenticeship program

Applications for Birmingham Promise apprenticeship program are available.

  The Promise - Part 1

This could be one of the most important decisions of Mayor Randall Woodfin’s administration - I am thinking of all the lives The Birmingham Promise has the potential to change. The Mayor announced the city would be launching a program to pay the tuition costs of graduating Birmingham schools.

  The Promise - Part 2

Baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter is a graduate of Kalamazoo City Schools, but I quickly learned there’s another star, it’s the Kalamazoo Promise.

  The Promise - Part 3

Since 2005, Kalamazoo has been making good on a promise that transcends just sending students to college. It has transformed the community in many ways. So the big question I wanted to know is if this transformation reaches children who had planned to go to college anyway.

  Rise program hosts fundraiser at the University of Alabama

Fundraising for one program will help special needs students attend college.

City of Tuscaloosa will put more money into Pre-K classes

Tuscaloosa City leaders say the Elevate Tuscaloosa sales tax increase will add more than $340,000 to Pre-K funding in Tuscaloosa City Schools

  Shelby County encouraging more dads in schools

Shelby county schools are working to get dads involved.

  Calming kits help with learning and emotions at Helena Elementary School

Helena Elementary school classrooms now have calm down kits to help students with emotions, or to help focus on learning.

More details about Mayor Woodfin’s college assistance program

The mayor outlines details of the city's BIrmingham Promise

  College tuition assistance program backed by students

Students respond to Mayor Randall Woodfin's assistance initiative.

B’ham mayor tweets graduating students to attend college tuition free

A tweet from Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin is sure to have some parents and students excited.

  Fultondale teachers take school bus tour to welcome students back

Fultondale teachers ride a bus through neighborhoods to welcome students back to school.

  High school football teams preparing for storms and heat

Safety cautions are important when it comes to playing in the heat.

  Bama Fast Pass program makes transferring to UA from 2 year schools easier

Bama Fast Pass program helps two year college students transfer and graduate from the University of Alabama

  Youth mental health first aid training at Homewood City Schools

Homewood schools want to step in an give students an outlet for mental health.

  Keeping kids cool on the school bus

School systems are finding ways to keep kids cool as they transport them to and from school.

Women make enrollment history at UA Law School

UA School of Law celebrates new incoming class. Of the 137 first-year law students who enrolled this week, 53% are women.

  How high school athletes handle the heat

High school football players and band members are braving the heat right now as the season is less than two weeks away.

Therapist urges parents to watch for signs of bullying in school

With school starting back up, a therapist at Youth Villages in Memphis says there are some common types of bullying to look for in the classroom.

Homewood Police Dept. stepping up patrols for back-to-school traffic

Homewood police are warning drivers to reduce their speed as school starts back tomorrow.

Study: Auburn home to nation’s happiest students

Known as the “Loveliest Village on the Plains,” Auburn University was home to over 30,000 students in the 2018-19 school year.

  More students are eligible for financial aid, so why don’t they apply?

You might not realize it, but your child might be eligible to receive financial aid in college.

Ala. looks to put stop to millions of school absences

There were around 6.5 million total absences in the 2018-19 school year throughout the state.

Dozens of school districts want funds for security, report shows

“We have some schools that are new and that were built with that. Others are very old," Hollingsworth said.

  Making sure your kids are safe on the bus

School starts back this week for many students across the WBRC viewing area and many will be traveling to and from class on the bus.

  The power of pre-K

That initial year of school before kindergarten is more than a transition period, and it can be super constructive in the building blocks of brain development.

Parker HS band students ‘ecstatic’ to show off new uniforms

New school year, new band uniforms.

2019-2020 start dates for Central Alabama school systems

Check below to see the start dates for your area!

  Pediatrician shares tips to get you and your kids ready for school

We’re on your side making sure you and your kids are ready.

Stuff the Bus with school supplies on August 3

Visit your local Walmart in Central Alabama and donate school supplies to help more children start the school year off right. Once you stock up on everything for your kids’ classroom, pick up a few extra supplies and donate them to the on-site Salvation Army bus.

Shelby Co. event hands out backpacks to foster kids

The Shelby County Foster Parent Association is hosting a back to school backpack drive to help foster kids in need.

  Rezoning for some Jefferson County school students

Some Jefferson County school students will soon be attending classes in a new location.

  More than 4,000 students were exempt from vaccinations for religious reasons last school year

By law students in public and private schools are required to get vaccinations, however, some are exempt.

  New mentor program for students with disabilities

Students with disabilities at UAB are teaming up to make college life easier.