education

Show Cause Letter for Takeover of Montgomery Schools Released

Alabama News Network has obtained the official show cause letter from state school superintendent Michael Sentance to the Montgomery School Board.  The letter outlines the deficiencies within the school system that could lead to a state takeover.  Sentance says that the reasons are both financial and academic. Sentance goes on to say he expects a response and a plan from…

Report Cards for Schools Now Available

Alabama parents can now view report cards for their child’s school and school system. The state department of education released the report cards in December. It scores based on several areas, including student achievement and high school graduation rates. Parents can see how their school or school system compares to the rest of the state. Right now, the report cards will not include…

Teachers upset over Bentley’s comments on public education

Sometimes if you can’t say something nice, maybe you shouldn’t say anything at all. That’s some advice Governor Robert Bentley might have needed to hear before he spoke at the Alabama Association of Regional Councils Conference on Wednesday. Bentley made several comments about state education at this conference, including this quote: “Our education system in this state sucks. I don’t use…

Butler County Career Academy celebrates third year

The Butler County Career Academy celebrates its third year in October. The Butler County Career Academy started in October of 2013. Then, it served almost 600 students and only had 16 courses to offer, with no pathways available for students. Three years later, the program serves more than 1,500 Butler County students, provides 46 programs, and has nine of the…

Judge Dismisses Tuscaloosa School Board Election Lawsuit

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit in a three-year-old dispute involving a school board election in Tuscaloosa. Media outlets report that Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court Judge Jim Robert’s decision came Tuesday afternoon. The case stems from the 2013 Tuscaloosa City Board of Education election, when then-incumbent school board member Kelly Horwitz was defeated by challenger Cason Kirby. Horwitz says illegal…

Contract Approved for New State School Superintendent

A divided Alabama Board of Education has approved a contract for the state’s new school superintendent, who has drawn both criticism and praise for his outsider status. The board on Thursday voted 7-2 to approve the contract for education consultant and former Massachusetts education secretary Michael Sentance. After the vote, Sentance told board members that his goal is to raise…

Bullying in Alabama Public Schools

DOE Report: Boys More Bullied than Girls.

The U.S. Department of Education is out with a major report on Civil Rights in schools. It includes statistics on absenteeism, discipline and bullying, among other factors. The report finds children in Alabama are mostly targeted for bullying because of their race, gender or disability. It finds boys are much more likely to be bullied in Alabama than girls. An…

Students Receive Zika Virus Coloring Books in Alabama

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are currently 544 cases of Zika in the continental United States. The growing threat has health experts in Alabama turning to an unconventional method to get the public aware, one that’s full of color. The Alabama Department of Public Health is distributing coloring books to educate children throughout the state about the…

Voters Head Back to the Polls for Runoff Elections

Voters in several counties will head back to the polls Tuesday for runoff elections. Alabamians will decide primary election contests in which no candidate received more than half the vote. One race many people will be watching is the seat on the Montgomery County School Board. The candidates vying for the seat in the democratic primary runoff for District 7…

Common Core Repeal Bill Change Approved; Vote Postponed

A state Senate committee has made a key change to the Common Core repeal bill that would ultimately leave it up to individual school systems whether to adopt the education standards or not. Multiple media outlets report that the Senate Education Policy Committee didn’t vote on the bill Wednesday, however. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh offered the amendment. The…