education

Alabama’s Poor People Campaign Rally Outside Capitol

For the fifth time in as many weeks, the Alabama Poor People’s Campaign rallied for their cause- being a voice for the less unfortunate. This time, the focus was on affordable housing, livable wages and a better education. “We are the richest country in the world and there’s a high rate of poverty,” organizer Joe Keffer said.  “Some of the poorest…

New Alabama State Superintendent of Schools Selected

Source: School Superintendents of Alabama The state school board has selected Dr. Eric Mackey as the new superintendent of schools.  Mackey currently serves as the executive director of School Superintendents of Alabama. Board members voted five to four to hire Mackey over Jefferyson County Schools Superintendent Craig Pouncey. Hoover City Schools Superintendent Kathy Murphy didn’t receive any votes.  Mackey replaces Michael Sentance who…

Alabama State School Board to Choose Next Superintendent

Alabama State Board of Education members will choose the state’s next superintendent of education Friday. Board members will interview the four finalists Friday in Montgomery to pick the next head of Alabama’s education system. The finalists are Jefferson County Superintendent Craig Pouncey, Hoover City Schools Superintendent Kathy Murphy, Superintendent Association of Alabama Executive Director Eric Mackey and former Texas Education…

State of The South

Report: South depends on newcomers for better educated workers.

By JONATHAN DREW Associated Press DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A new study says Southern states should spend more on education to develop homegrown talent for high-paying jobs. Otherwise, new jobs in those growing states will go to people with college degrees who move in from elsewhere. The State of the South 2018 report found that 13 states across the region…

State Senate Unanimously Approves a $6.6 Billion Education Budget

Budget Includes Pay Raise for School Teachers

The Alabama Senate approved a $6.6 billion Education Trust Fund for Fiscal Year 2019, which starts October 1, and a 2.5% pay raise for Alabama’s teachers and education support personnel on Thursday afternoon. It is the largest education budget for Alabama’s schools since the great recession of 2008. “Nothing is more important than ensuring a quality education for every student in Alabama, and…

MPS Leaders Weigh In On Return of $1.4 Million

The State Department of Education has repaid Montgomery Public Schools 1.4 million dollars, that was mistakenly sent to the town of Pike Road in November 2016. The money would have been returned in the sale of Georgia Washington Middle School to the Town of Pike Road; part of interim superintendent Ed Richardson’s intervention plan to fix the school system’s finances….

Faulkner University ranked #2 for 2018’s Best Christian Universities in America

Faulkner University was recently ranked the 2nd top Christian university in the nation for 2018 according to a new study released by The Edvocate. After looking at Christian universities and colleges throughout the country, The Edvocate complied a list of 31 schools where Faulkner was lauded as the best of the best in the 2018 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in…

Selma Board of Education Regains Control of School System from State

The Selma Board of Education is regaining control of the city’s schools after almost four years of state control. The state board voted Thursday to release the city system from state intervention that followed an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct between a teacher and students. Selma school board chairman Johnny Moss tells the Selma Times-Journal he’s relieved. Moss says…

Co. Commission Responds to Idea of City School System

As the Montgomery County Commission meets Monday morning there’s a new topic crossing the minds of some commissioners, the possibility of a city school system.   For Vice Chair Ronda Walker the issue hits close to home as she has two children in Montgomery Public Schools currently.  She’s open to looking more into the idea, and points to other counties…

Board Members Discuss State Superintendent Evaluations

The Alabama State Board of Education has a special called meeting where they will evaluate State Superintendent Michael Sentance scheduled for Tuesday. According to Board Vice President, Stephanie Bell this is an annual evaluation that has to be completed by the of the year, but others say this  is the earliest they’ve ever seen an evaluation completed. Board Member Ella…