Education

Report: Students with Disabilities, Minorities Arrested at Higher Rates in School

A new report found students of color and children with disabilities are more likely than others to be arrested by school resource officers in connection with their conduct at school.

Woodfin Announces Plan for Free College Tuition to City Graduates

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin released details Wednesday of a plan to offer Birmingham City Schools graduates the chance to go to a public two or four-year school in Alabama tuition free. This follows a tweet Tuesday evening announcing the program.

Alabama Charter Schools Group Awarded $25 Million Federal Grant

The U.S. Department of Education announced a $25 million grant today to support charter schools in Alabama.

Birmingham School Officials Say Schools Can Work Around Woodfin’s Proposed Budget Cut

Birmingham school officials say it's unclear how they'll make up a proposed $2 million funding gap from the city, but it won't put a huge burden on the school system.

Avondale Elementary Climate Frustrates Parents and Teachers

Next month, many area students go back to school. But at Birmingham's Avondale Elementary School, several teachers and students won't be returning after what they say was a chaotic year.

The 15-Year Fight to Integrate Public Schools

The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 ruling in the Brown v. Board of Education case struck down racial segregation in schools. It wasn’t until 1969 the court forced school integration in a case called Alexander v. Holmes. Birmingham-Southern College professor Will Hustwit wrote about the case in his new book.


Highlights From The Big Q: Youth and Race

In this episode of The Big Q, we discuss the intersection of youth and race. How do young people look at race? How do they handle differences? And how do educators handle acts of racism in the classroom?

University Of Alabama Returns $21.5 Million To Hugh Culverhouse

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with attorney Hugh Culverhouse, who pledged $26.5 million to the university. The $21.5 million he had given so far was returned and his name removed from the law school.

UA Returns $21.5 Million to Donor & Strips Name From Law School

The University of Alabama Board of Trustees voted Friday to return a multi-million dollar donation from Hugh Culverhouse Jr. and strip his name from the school of law.

UA to Consider Returning $21.5 Million in Dispute with Donor

Hugh Culverhouse, Jr., a major donor to the University of Alabama, has called for a boycott of the school in response to the state’s strict abortion ban. Now university officials say the system’s chancellor will recommend the board of trustees return Culverhouse’s gift and strip his name from the law school.

Proposed Charter School Plans to Serve LGBTQ Youth

Many students who identify as LGBTQ here in Alabama say they’ve been harassed or assaulted because of their sexuality. A new charter school proposed in Birmingham aims to make these young people feel safe in the classroom.

Momentum Shifts on Bill to Repeal Common Core

State Sen. Del Marsh wants to repeal the nationwide academic standards known as Common Core this legislative session. But the proposal seems to have lost some momentum.

Referendum on Renewing Property Tax for Birmingham Schools Possible, Up for Discussion Next Week

Next week, Birmingham’s election commission will meet to discuss a potential citywide vote to renew a soon-to-expire ad valorem tax that provides Birmingham City Schools with approximately $27 million in yearly revenue.

UAB Students Protest White Supremacy

Some students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham say the school isn’t doing enough to protect them from white extremists. They held a protest on campus earlier this week.

Percentage of College Freshmen Who Need Remedial Courses Drops

A smaller portion of new high school graduates is having to take remedial classes when they first go to college, according to a PARCA report on data from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

State Commission Approves Birmingham Charter School

The Alabama Public Charter School Commission approved plans for a new charter school in Birmingham. The development comes two months after Birmingham school officials rejected the i3 Academy application. Organizers of the charter school appealed to the state.

State Commission to Hear Birmingham Charter School Appeal

The Alabama Public Charter School Commission is scheduled to vote Monday on a proposed charter school in Woodlawn. The Birmingham school board recently rejected i3 Academy’s bid to open in the city, and organizers appealed to the state.

Hoover Residents Seek Ways to Combat Racism in Schools

A viral video of students using blatant hate speech still has some parents in Hoover outraged. Many former students say this isn’t the first incident of its kind. Now, school officials are looking for ways to combat racism within the school system.

Hoover Parents, School Leaders Speak Out on Diversity

Hoover parents had their say on discrimination in city schools Thursday night, and their words could help shape how school leaders in Hoover deal with race issues.

UPDATED 1:30 p.m. – Schools Dismiss Early Due to Severe Weather Threat

UPDATED 1:30 p.m.: A number school systems will dismiss early Thursday because of the threat of severe weather.

Hoover School Officials, Lawyers Seek Feedback on Discrimination for Ongoing Case

Tonight, Hoover school officials and lawyers representing black students in the system want to get community feedback on plans that would show various school policies and practices are not discriminatory. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at Trace Crossings Elementary.

Behind Teacher Shortage: Fewer New Educators Graduating From Alabama Schools

The number of new teachers coming out of education colleges and programs in Alabama fell by about 40 percent comparing 2010-2011 and 2015-2016, according to the latest available federal data. The decrease could be worse nearly three years later.

Third Rejected Birmingham Charter School Plans to Appeal

The Birmingham School Board informed the state today that it denied an application for a Woodlawn-area charter school and explained why it was rejected.

Alabama’s Teacher Shortages Reach ‘Crisis’ Level

Alabama’s teacher shortages are reaching crisis level, education leaders say.

Birmingham Denies Application For Woodlawn Charter School

The Birmingham school board denied the application Thursday for a proposed charter school in Woodlawn.

One-Third of Alabama’s Failing Schools Are in the Birmingham Metro Area

The Alabama State Department of Education has posted its list of the state’s failing public schools, and 25 Birmingham metro-area public schools are on it. Statewide, 76 public schools are on the list.

Proposed Birmingham Charter School Draws Mixed Reviews

Birmingham’s first charter school would open in Woodlawn next fall for students in grades K-5 under a proposal before the Birmingham Board of Education. School leaders heard mixed feedback on the plan at a Thursday night hearing.

Alabama School Report Card Shows Mostly Improvements, and Some Big Leaps, by Birmingham-Area Schools

Several schools in the Birmingham metro area show significant improvements in achievement in this year’s Alabama State Report Card, which grades the performance of public schools.

UAB Partners with Facebook to Fight Online Drug Sales

Computer forensics researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently partnered with Facebook on an initiative that could ultimately curb drug sales and drug-seeking behavior on the platform.

Former Finance Exec to Lead Birmingham-Southern College

Birmingham-Southern College has named a new president to replace Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith, who retired earlier this fall. Officials approved the appointment in a meeting Thursday morning.

Jeffco Voters to Decide on Homewood’s Ability to Increase Property Taxes

Homewood doesn't want the state legislature to "micro-manage" its property tax rate. Instead, it wants local control. So a referendum on tomorrow's ballot in Jefferson County will let voters decide whether Homewood can hold a vote to increase property taxes to help fund schools. No such vote is planned at this time.

Deaf Football Players Find Novel Ways to Communicate

On the football field, visual communication is key. That’s especially true for the Silent Warriors, a team of middle and high school students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. They compete against mainstream and deaf schools across the U.S., where having a unique language can be both an advantage and a challenge on the field.