Education

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.

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

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

  What impact could the new COVID variant have on schools

  State Superintendent concerned about winter months for in-person learning

  When will mass vaccinations start for teachers?

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

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  Apple announces launch of innovation hub for HBCUs

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

Teachers protest against in-person learning near state capitol

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

Judson College to stay open for spring semester

Jefferson Co. Schools will begin spring semester remotely

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

Full time employees for Tuscaloosa County Schools earn coronavirus pay bonus

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

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

  Hoover Library getting creative with holiday programming for children during pandemic

  Health leaders update COVID-19 exposure quarantine times

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.

More schools going virtual in Alabama

More schools in Alabama are moving to virtual learning because of the pandemic.

  Teacher union rep worries students are using doctor notes to break COVID-19 quarantine

A spokesperson for the teacher’s union in the Tuscaloosa area said that students who are supposed to be under quarantine are returning to school sooner than they should.

  12-year-old student’s quick actions help save man in Walker County

While her mom was inside the Dollar General in Nauvoo, Brianna noticed a man who was motionless inside an older vehicle across the parking lot. Brianna was waiting with her younger brother inside their family’s car. Once her mom, April, returned, she immediately alerted her about the man.

General Fund, Education Trust Fund revenue up in October with COVID ‘backstory’

Tax revenues in the state’s General Fund and Education Trust Fund grew significantly, 16.2% and 8.7%, in October compared to a year ago.

  New Fultondale High School

District Leaders sent us a breakdown of what’s coming to the $60 million dollar upgrade. It includes state of the art classrooms, computer and science labs, career tech classrooms, and new fine arts facilities.

  University of West Alabama program trains teachers to work in rural schools

It will establish a 14-month plan for people who are ready for a second career to become teachers in training.

New presidents, policies come for community colleges

The ACCS also announced on Tuesday that three contracts were approved for creating a singular Learning Management System (LMS) that will be used across all 24 colleges to enhance the online learning experience.

  Early learning classrooms to open in January at UA Gadsden Center

It will be located in the UA Gadsden Center across from Gadsden City Hall, and a playground will even be built behind the center before it opens in January.

  New free Wi-Fi access for thousands of Jefferson County students

JEFCOED is contracting with Wi-Fiber Inc. to provide access in the Oak Grove, Mortimer Jordan, Minor, Corner, Clay-Chalkville, and Center Point feeder patterns.

  AEA: Reports of Doctors sending students back to school before quarantine period over

Leaders filed a complaint letter Friday with the state Board of Medical Examiners over the issue.

  Tuscaloosa County School System responds to high number of COVID cases

The information comes from the Alabama K-12 COVID-19 dashboard. It listed Tuscaloosa County Schools as the district with the most COVID cases as of Friday.

  Attalla schools switch to blended learning after COVID-19 causes personnel shortage

School superintendent Jeff Colegrove says students with internet and computer access will switch to virtual learning. Those who don’t have access will be able to pick up work packets at the school.

  Pickens County Schools in Reform temporarily closed due to COVID-19

We’re told around a dozen support staffers at the two schools in Reform have tested positive for COVID or have had to quarantine due to close contact.

Chilton Co. buses ready and equipped with Wi-fi for E-learning days

Chilton County school buses are now equipped with Wi-fi for e-learning days.

  Birmingham City Schools releasing a district wide COVID-19 dashboard

Birmingham City Schools students go back into the classroom starting Monday, November 9th.

  Hoover schools in need of substitute teachers

The school year continues to move on and the Hoover school system still needs substitute teachers and bus drivers.

  New report shows attendances is slipping and failing grades are increase in schools across the country

A report in the Los Angeles times points to a growing trend we all should be paying attention to. School attendance is slipping, and failing grades are increasing at schools across the country, including right here in Alabama.

LGBTQ-affirming school receives charter

The Magic City Acceptance Academy finally has the approval it’s been seeking for some time. On Wednesday, the commission voted seven to two to grant a public-school charter to the Magic City Acceptance Academy.

  Classroom conversations about the Presidential Election

Conversations about this historic election are happening everywhere - work or around the kitchen table, but how are teachers having this conversation with students.

Verbena School reopens Wednesday following power outage

Verbena School is back in session as of Wednesday, Nov. 4.

  Verbena High closed Tuesday, other Chilton County students return to class

Students at Verbena High School will remain out of school Tuesday as crews continue work to restore power at the school site. The rest of the county schools will re-open Tuesday after sites were closed for several days as the community dealt with the impact of Hurricane Zeta.

Hoover elementary school tells COVID to ‘Beat It!’

With lyrics like, “You better see the nurse, don’t be a macho man,” the staff put a very creative spin on Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”

  Officials explain why Alabama K-12 COVID dashboard is incomplete

Just a portion of schools have reported data, but expect that to change soon.

Numerous school systems across Alabama remain closed Friday

Numerous school systems across Alabama will remain closed Friday, October 30.

National Report Card released, Reading and Math scores show no progress

According to the nation’s report card - high school seniors have made no progress in math or reading on a closely watched federal test and Alabama lags the nation in scores in lower graders.

Cullman County Schools moving to a hybrid schedule because of rising COVID-19 cases

The schedule will affect 6th-12th grades, except 6th grade at Cold Springs, Parkside, Harmony, and all K-5 students who will remain on our current four-day traditional schedule. Wednesdays will continue to be virtual learning for all students.

  More than 300 Birmingham school children have not logged on for the 2020-2021 school year

Dr. Sullivan also said out of more than 21,000 students in Birmingham City Schools who have been learning remotely, roughly 300 students based on last year’s data, are not registered and therefore have not received laptops or logged on for school during this pandemic.

Arrest made after Tallassee City Schools Facebook page taken over

The superintendent said on Monday the person “directed aggression” at the system and, after disabling others' administrative access, began posting vulgarities to the page.