Education

Ushuaia Blue: A Play About a Life Devoted to Science

Antarctica happens to be a perfect place to study the impacts of climate change. A UAB researcher has devoted his entire career to just that. This weekend, Professor Jim McClintock brings the issue to the stage, along with a love story. "Ushuaia Blue" explores the issue of global warming through the story of two marine biologists trying to save their relationship.

Jefferson County Plans More Resource Officers In Schools

Jefferson County law enforcement and education officials announced a plan Thursday to put school resource officers in all 56 county schools.

UAB Opens New Business School Building

UAB's business school has a new home. Officials cut the ribbon Friday in the new Collat School of Business building.

In A Segregated County, A New Charter School Offers An Alternative

Only about half of University Charter School's 300-plus students are black. That's a rarity in Sumter County, Ala., which, like many school systems, has struggled to achieve integration.

Birmingham Students Return With Uniforms Optional

Birmingham students went back to school today. And this year’s school scene looked different from head to toe. The school system decided last month to drop its longstanding uniform requirement. That move brought mixed reactions from parents, retailers and students.

Florida Gun Violence Survivors Join Alabama Activists In Gun Control Panel

When a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida earlier this year, killing 17 students and faculty, surviving students led a charge for gun control and launched a political movement to demand action from lawmakers.


Peace Program is on President’s Budget-Cut List. Here’s Why Alabama Teacher Values Its Help

A Birmingham-area teacher is among four selected from across the country to participate in a national program aimed at “empowering their students to see peace as something practical and possible.”

Panel: School Resource Officers are Primary Way to Combat School Shootings

A panel of school superintendents and others discussed Tuesday how to respond to active shooter situations.

Report: Alabama Children Improve on Health, Family Measures

An annual survey of child well-being found Alabama continues to improve.

Teachers, School Funding Among New Schools Chief’s Priorities

Eric Mackey is Alabama’s new superintendent of education. Before this, he was a lobbyist for state school superintendents. Mackey says Alabama schools must address poverty, teachers, and school funding.

How an Alabama Congressman Got the Government to Help Pay for College

Women outnumber men on college campuses. But that wasn’t always the case. Carl Elliott, former Alabama Congressman, co-authored the National Defense Education Act in 1958, which improved science, foreign language and technology education nationwide and provided low-interest loans for college and graduate school for needy students. It also opened the door for women to attend college.

New Plan Will Arm Some School Administrators

A new program will allow Alabama school administrators to carry firearms, Gov. Kay Ivey announced Wednesday. The Alabama Sentry Program will arm administrators in schools that don't have a school resource officer.

Judge Sends Case of Huffman High Shooter to Grand Jury

A Jefferson County grand jury will decide the next steps in the case of Michael Barber, accused of fatally shooting his schoolmate Courtlin Arrington in March at Huffman High.

Eric Mackey Named State School Superintendent

Eric Mackey is Alabama’s new state superintendent of education. The state Board of Education selected Mackey today after interviewing three finalists. Craig Pouncey of Jefferson County Schools and Kathy Murphy of Hoover City Schools were finalists.

Tornado-Ravaged Jacksonville State Prepares to Head Back to Class

Classes resume Monday at Jacksonville State University, three weeks after a tornado slammed into the campus and surrounding community. The school was on spring break when the storm hit and that’s seen as a big reason there were no deaths. With students returning to campus, a new phase of recovery begins.

Crowd Packs Railroad Park For March For Our Lives

Railroad Park was transformed today into a sea of signs, sparked by the energy of young people and lots of supporters in the #March4OurLives. The event, one of hundreds across the country, drew more than a thousand people.

Some Schools Closing Early Ahead of Predicted Severe Weather

With severe weather including tornadoes and large hail in the forecast for much of Alabama today, Monday, March 19, some area schools systems have announced early closings.

Friends of Nancy Swift: ‘I Think She Lived to Nurse’

In the aftermath of Wednesday's deadly shooting at UAB Highlands Hospital, friends remember Nancy Turnage Swift, the nursing supervisor who was killed, as outgoing and caring.

WBHM Politics: Guns, Schools and Safety

The issue of guns and schools has been in the news the past month after a gunman walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people. In Birmingham these issues became very real when a student was shot and killed at Huffman High School earlier this month. We explore the topic through a series of conversations.

Area Students Protest to Push for Safe Schools

Around the country and throughout metro Birmingham Wednesday, students from kindergarten through 12th Grade participated in National Walkout Day. They were honoring recent school shooting victims and raising awareness about the need for school safety.

Combating Alabama’s Rural Doctor Shortage

The state health department says most of Alabama faces a lack of primary-care. But there’s a University of Alabama program that’s been grooming doctors from rural areas so they can bring their skills home.

Community Remembers Huffman High School Student Killed in Shooting

Community members and students took to East Lake Park Sunday to remember a high school student who was shot and killed last week.

Few Students Return Following Huffman Shooting Death

Huffman High School was open today, but only about 150 of the school’s 1,300 students returned. The school was closed Thursday following the death of 17-year-old Cortlin Arrington

One Killed, One Injured in Huffman High School Shooting

Huffman High School is closed today following a Wednesday shooting that killed one student and injured another. Courtlin Arrington, 17, was pronounced dead at UAB Hospital Wednesday evening.

Appeals Court Says Gardendale Can’t Separate From County School System

A federal appeals court says Gardendale can't separate from the Jefferson County School System, but that may not be the final word. Gardendale officials say they will appeal a Tuesday ruling by the 11th Circuit Court that overturned a district court’s approval of its separation from the Jefferson County School System.

Several School Systems Closing Due to Flu Outbreak

The flu outbreak is forcing several school systems in the northern part of the state to close for a few days. This comes as high absences are reported in schools across the state and health officers investigate an estimated 87 deaths, potentially related to the flu. The following school systems have confirmed closings for the following […]

Alabama Education Department Issues School Report Cards

The Alabama Department of Education on Thursday will release school system report cards, issuing letter grades assessing school performance, including test results, graduation rates and attendance.

Why Birmingham-Southern is Slashing Tuition

Car shoppers aren’t the only ones who experience sticker shock. It happens with colleges, too. Birmingham-Southern College has announced that beginning next fall, it’ll slash its $35,000 a year tuition in half. It’s one of several schools around the country cutting tuition in hopes of attracting more students. But there’s more to it than the […]

Closings and Delays for Thursday, January 18

School closing and delay information for January 18, 2018

Closings and Delays for Tuesday January 16

Light to moderate snowfall is expected across most of the state Tuesday, and schools and government offices are closing or dismissing early.

Winter Weather School Delays on Monday January 8

Some schools will be delayed this morning due to the potential for winter weather. Those include schools in Anniston, Boaz, Etowah County, Oxford, and others opening three hours late. Gadsden State Community College opens at 10:30. A winter weather advisory is in effect for East Alabama, where a few places could see temperatures of 32 […]

A Winning Season Puts UAB Football on Strong Footing

The UAB Football team is going to a bowl game for only the second time in school history. It's a strong position as the team looks beyond its first season back on the field.