Education

Birmingham City Schools to unveil plans for summer learning

Summer opportunities will include classes led by seasoned educators and other opportunities through community partners.

  Age is just a number: 81-year-old graduates from Alabama A&M, inspires others

A legacy continues; Daisy P. Swinton Scholarship now available for nursing students

Birmingham City Schools hosting job fair

  Bessemer school district planning ‘third semester’ to fight ‘COVID slide’

JSU inaugurates Dr. Don Killingsworth as university president

  Local schools ready to put stimulus money to good use

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  Tuscaloosa city school teachers will get an extra $400 in May

Former Limestone Co. Superintendent pleads guilty in fraud case

  Some Hoover parents ‘don’t mind extended search’ for permanent superintendent

  School leaders nail down mask plans post-mandate

  Tuscaloosa County Schools hires more social workers due to anxiety and suicidal thoughts related to pandemic

Bessemer and Fairfield city schools to require face masks for rest of the school year

  Education leaders say fine print in SB365 brings concern

The bill, called ‘The Open Schools Act’ would allow parents to send their child to other school districts outside their school zone.

  7-day meal program for Jefferson County Schools’ students

Every Friday, students are given breakfast and lunch for both Saturday and Sunday.

Bill to allow yoga in Alabama K-12 schools passes Senate committee

The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a bill allowing K-12 schools to have yoga as an elective class.

Committee passes bill requiring school districts create open enrollment policies

The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

Birmingham City Schools to require masks after state mandate expires

Jefferson County Schools to require face masks through end of 2020-21 school year

Hoover City Schools will require masks for rest of school year

  Oak Mountain Elementary headed back to campus after tornado damaged school sites

Sylacauga City Schools to resume 5-day school schedule, face coverings required

Winfield City Schools closed Wednesday due to flash flooding

State lawmakers look to increase salaries for math, science teachers

Alabama lawmakers are looking at salary increases for math and science teachers as a way to encourage them to work in K-12 public schools.

  Governor Ivey amends Safer at Home order based on updated CDC guidance

Governor Kay Ivey amended the state’s safer at home order Monday based on the updated guidance from the CDC about social distancing in schools. The governor expressed optimism about what this means for schools saying:

Alabama’s Safer at Home Order reflects new CDC guidance for schools

“Alabama schools, for the most part, are setting the example for the rest of the nation, because the majority of our students and teachers are back in the classroom. These latest guidelines from the CDC make the return to the classroom even easier for our schools."

Sun Valley Elementary School to be remote Thursday

Meals will be available for curbside pickup at the school.

  New school construction could save lives

Deputy of Operations for Jefferson County Schools, Neal Underwood, said back in 2012, the Alabama legislature passed a bill that requires all new school construction to have storm shelters in the building, and any additions to existing buildings will have to be able to withstand winds of 250 mph.

5,000 graduates expected for UA Spring Commencement

Graduation will be held over three days at Coleman Coliseum on the UA campus.

  Students can distance less in schools if masked, researchers say

The current CDC guidance is expected to change to reflect the study, reducing distance between students by half.

  UAB to host in-person commencement for 2020, 2021 graduates

All 2020 graduates and spring 2021 graduates are invited to participate. Students must register to walk by April 16.

Pelham SRO helps bring the field trip to school

The students attended Camp Oaks Monday.

  JEFCOED expanding mental health services

Within the last year, the district has hired a mental health director to coordinate and expand mental health services. This position was created to ensure that all students in the Jefferson County School System are provided with the social and emotional support necessary for them to be successful.

  Schools weigh options on masks for students & staff

Some school district leaders have already announced they will not require masks in schools when the state mandate expires next month.

Walker Co. Schools will lift mask mandate in May

Superintendent Dr. Dennis Willingham said April is the testing month and they want to make sure students don’t miss any tests in case they have to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19, and masks limit the risk of that.

CDC releases updated guidelines for operating child care programs

CDC leaders maintain that best practice is mask-wearing for everyone 2 years of age and older. They also addressed air ventilation, sanitizing and other strategies in the update released Friday.

  Art bus for Jefferson County Schools

When the bus is completed it will travel to several of those schools, bringing art instruction to students who otherwise would not have it.

Verbena High School on lockdown after bomb threat found on wall

The message was found after 8:30 a.m. and the school was evacuated and placed on lockdown.

  Cullman County Schools to return to 5 days a week, not requiring face masks

Students and employees will not be required to wear face masks after the state mask mandate is lifted according to Superintendent Shane Barnette.

  COVID Federal funding differs across the state for schools

The allocation process of federal COVID relief funding for local school districts is different across the state...and some districts aren’t getting any money from parts of the relief package.

  State could get 2 billion in COVID relief funding for schools

The state expects more money for your child’s district in the latest stimulus package approved by Congress. House Democrats passed a 1.9 trillion dollar COVID relief bill signed by President Biden today.

Tuition freeze, full campus operations planned for Alabama community colleges in 2021-2022

Also, because of declining COVID-19 cases and more people being vaccinated, the ACCS anticipates all community college campuses in the state will resume normal, on-campus operations for the Fall 2021 semester.

  Revised 2021-2022 start date for Birmingham City Schools after community feedback

Leaders said after receiving feedback from parents, employees and the community, Birmingham City Schools revised the start of school to August 2.

Jefferson County 2021 Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to Leah Singleton and Jacqueline Thomas-Edwards.

Have a seat: University of Alabama students get really nice chairs

Each chair is custom-made by UA staff from raw materials and includes the script “A” burned in the back.

  Etowah High School Agri-Science program making an impact

Students aren’t just learning about how to cultivate plants, but also how to make a living for themselves.

  Schools consider whether to mask themselves after mask mandate is lifted

Once the mask mandate is lifted in Alabama, state superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey is leaving masking beyond April to each school district.

  Shelton State adding evening nursing school classes due to more interest in healthcare

The school has taken more calls from potential students interested in the school’s nursing program since the pandemic began.

  Tuscaloosa City Schools will continue with hybrid model through rest of school year

School leaders announced Friday they are continuing with Monday-Thursday face-to-face and Fridays being used for asynchronous learning and connecting with families.

School Resource Officer finds loaded weapon at Verbena HS

Investigators said all students and staff are safe. The weapon was secured, along with the person that was in possession of it.

School districts across Tennessee Valley announce prom plans

It turns out there are a lot of different approaches to prom this year. Some districts are going with the traditional route, some are hosting an event with no dancing, and we’ve learned at least one district has decided not to have prom at all.

  Northport city council approves study on forming school system

The Northport City Council agreed to hire a consultant to do a feasibility study on the city forming its own school system.

Jalen Hurts is special guest reader for some Tuscaloosa students

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and former Alabama and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts was the guest reader for Southview Elementary students Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

21-year-old to open new school in Albany, will teach boys about life

A 21-year-old youth leader is opening up a new school in Albany.

  Hoover Library celebrates National Read Across America Day

Books offer insight, escape, and education, but they can also offer connection. That’s why Hoover librarians say reading is more important than ever, as the pandemic changes the way we interact with those we love.

Essay contest helps students share inspiring Black stories, earn scholarships

Scholarships will include a total of 15 awards of $5,000 each for high school winners and 15 awards of $3,500 each for winners who are currently enrolled as college students.

Leeds City Schools equip all buses with cameras

Leeds City Schools have now equipped all of their school buses with cameras.

Talladega College President to introduce U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris at UNCF gala

The 2021 gala will be presented virtually because of COVID-19 restrictions.

  UA System campuses plan return to in-person classes for fall semester

The University of Alabama System campuses plan to return to traditional in-person instruction without restrictions on classroom capacity for the Fall 2021 semester.

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.

  Tuscaloosa Co. Schools approves substitute teacher pay raise

This new raise for Tuscaloosa County School substitute teachers will be implemented March 1, and it will last through the end of the 2020-21 school year.

  Districts get millions more in new wave of COVID relief money

Walker County Schools is set to receive four times more money from Washington to offset the impact of COVID-19 this school year.

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

Shelby County Schools will not offer remote instruction to students in kindergarten through 5th grade for the 2021-2022 school year.

  More talk needed about Birmingham school calendar

The goal was to make up for learning that students lost due to the pandemic

UAB waives application fees for a week

UAB leaders said they are waiving the application fees for a week as part of an initiative to provide equal access to potential students who are seeking higher education.

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

Now that the positivity rate has fallen to a little more than 9%, Superintendent, Dr. Mark Sullivan, said it’s time for some students to head back to class.

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

Tuscaloosa City Schools has always planned to return to in person teaching five days a week. Now it says it may safe it enough to do it.

Birmingham City Schools announce return to blended schedule in March

BCS families will be contacted by their local school staff regarding their preference for blended or continued virtual learning.

Elmore County Schools employees to get second bonus

Elmore County Schools employees will receive another bonus this school year.

  Halls of Greystone Elementary transformed into Candy Land

Parents said the goal is to bring the children joy during a school year that has been extra challenging due to the coronavirus and to give students a reason to want to come to school.

UA System Board of Trustees renames Wallace Building at UAB

The facility is now called the Physical Education Building.

Auburn University fully returning to on-campus operations

Auburn University is fully resuming on-campus operations that were disrupted by the coronavirus last year.

New Senate Bill seeks to amend the Alabama Literacy Act

“I think it benefits third graders all across Alabama. I think it benefits educators,” said Russellville City Superintendent, Heath Grimes.

  Scholarship created in memory of legendary Wenonah Coach Emanuel Bell

The Birmingham Athletic Partnership has created the Coach Emanuel “Tubb” Bell Scholarship that will be awarded to a senior basketball player within Birmingham City Schools.

  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?

Students have endured many changes and unique obstacles during the pandemic and a Birmingham education consultant weighs in on if parents should hold their child back who is underperforming.

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

Pickens County Schools posted on Facebook that water supply problems in the Reform area will cause the need for a 1 p.m. dismissal Tuesday.

Parents consider holding children back after struggling with remote learning

Many parents are left with a difficult decision – should I hold my child back in school?