Education

  State superintendent says thousands of public students no longer enrolled

State Superintendent Eric Mackey said the students may be enrolled in a private school or home-schooled. They may also be at home.\

5,000 Alabama students haven’t shown up for any sort of class

  Gov. Ivey awards ASF $5M for renovations and repairs

UA System: COVID-19 numbers increase for 2nd week at UA

Alabama schools report 2,261 new COVID-19 cases

Alabama superintendent wants schools to remain in-person

  COVID-19 incentive pay approved for full-time Autauga County Schools employees

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  Ivey: Over $298M awarded to Public School and College Authority projects

  2 Macon County schools move to remote learning due to COVID-19

  State celebrates educators with Thank Alabama Teachers Week

  School enrollment dropping in Alabama

  Dr. Mackey: “Grades are down” for virtual learning students

  Troy University officially renames signature building for late Rep. John Lewis

UA System: COVID-19 numbers increase at UA, UAB

The University of Alabama System reported the schools' COVID-19 numbers for this week.

Alabama public schools report 1,592 COVID-19 cases this week

The state’s COVID-19 dashboard for K-12 public schools lists 1,592 total cases reported this week. That’s up from 536 reported last week.

  More schools going virtual in Alabama

More schools in Alabama are moving to virtual learning because of the pandemic.

Staggered school reopenings in Macon County

K-3 started last week and students in the upper grades return next week.

Apple partnership brings iPads to every Tuskegee Public School student

Alexander City schools temporarily switching to remote learning

Apple highlights Macon County principal on Veterans Day

  MPS superintendent makes recommendation for post-holiday return

  In changing society, is a college degree worth the investment?

Auburn, ASU cancel 2021 spring break periods

Dallas County schools remain closed after power outages, damage

Dallas County and Selma schools remain closed as cleanup from Hurricane Zeta continues.

  Montgomery voters pass property tax increase to support schools

Montgomery County voters have opted for a property tax increase.

Auburn University senior sworn in as mayor of Camp Hill

Auburn University senior Messiah Williams-Cole took the oath of office as new mayor of Camp Hill, Alabama Monday, Nov. 2.

  Supporters of tax increase for MPS rally support ahead of Tuesday

A proposal on Tuesday’s ballot could affect the future and the funding of the Montgomery Public School system and the city’s economy.

Alabama school system COVID-19 dashboard rolled out

It’s just gotten easier for Alabamians to see the number of COVID-19 cases in the state’s public school systems.

  Red Ribbon Week pushes anti-drug abuse message to kids

Red Ribbon Week, the country’s oldest and largest drug abuse prevention program aimed at school children, wraps up Friday.

  MPS parents speak out against campaign opposing property tax increase

Parents of Montgomery Public Schools students met inside Lanier High School Thursday to speak out against an Auburn anti-tax group's "campaign of lies."

  COVID-19 dashboard for Ala. schools to go live soon

School leaders say nurses have been trained on how to use the new K-12 dashboard.

School closings for Friday

Some school systems have announced closures or other learning options for Friday.

  Autauga County School Board votes to name next superintendent

The Autauga County Board of Education has selected the person it wants to be the system’s next school superintendent.

  Arrest made after Tallassee City Schools Facebook page taken over

The superintendent said on Monday the person “directed aggression” at the system and, after disabling others' administrative access, began posting vulgarities to the page.

  Auburn City Schools ‘successfully’ entering second half of semester in person amid pandemic

District leaders with Auburn City Schools said their efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the district have been successful so far.

Tuskegee University president takes 2nd medical leave of absence

For the second time in 2020, the president of Tuskegee University will take a medical leave of absence.

MPS releases weekly list of COVID-19 cases by school

The Montgomery Public School system has begun posting information on the number of positive COVID-19 cases at each of its facilities.

  No vote yet on new Autauga County Schools superintendent

Board leaders say they have more work to do before voting on the new superintendent.

  Closing and Cashing In: Coronavirus relief funding goes to colleges with histories of financial instability and plans to close

The federal government allocated nearly half a billion in CARES Act funds to colleges the government considered not financially responsible. Some colleges received money after announcing their plans to close for good.

  1 MPS school closes, students at another quarantined due to COVID-19

One Montgomery public school has closed and students in the sixth grade at another school are also under quarantine due to COVID-19, MPS confirmed Thursday.

Elementary school in Geneva closes over staff shortage

Geneva City Schools announced Wednesday afternoon that they would be closing an elementary school Thursday and Friday due to a staffing shortage.

  School COVID Dashboard set to roll out next week

State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey says the COVID school Dashboard will be released at the end of next week.

Opp schools halting on-campus learning until Tuesday

Opp City Schools will be closing all on-campus instruction and activities until Oct. 27.

Voters asked to renew existing school taxes in Elmore, Macon counties

Voters in Elmore and Macon counties will be asked to renew existing taxes for schools this November. The taxes are already being collected. So a 'yes' vote will not result in a tax increase.

Macon East going virtual for some grade levels due to COVID-19 cases

After several teachers, their spouses, and parents tested positive for COVID-19, Macon East Academy has decided to move to virtual school.

MPS says 7 teachers, 6 students report COVID-19 cases

Montgomery Public Schools reported more COVID-19 cases this week.

Elmore Co. Public Schools confirms 9 students, 3 employees with COVID-19

As of Wednesday, nine students and three employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The cases are scattered among eight schools.

  Underfunded, underperforming public schools could cost Montgomery its military installation

The quality of Montgomery’s public schools is already having a serious impact on Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base's recruitment efforts.

  168 MPS teachers didn’t report for first day of in-person classes

Montgomery Public Schools confirmed 168 teachers didn’t report to class Tuesday morning as in-person learning resumed across the district.

  Around 300 MPS teachers to protest in-person learning as classes resume Tuesday

Around 300 teachers say they won’t be in the classroom due to lack of planning and safety for both educators and students across the district.

  Meet and greets set for 6 Autauga County superintendent finalists

Autauga County residents are being invited to meet and greet the finalists looking to become their next school system superintendent.

Many MPS students to return to schools Tuesday

Some Montgomery Public School students head back to the classroom on Tuesday but there have been some concerns about how to keep them socially distant as they make that transition.

  National School Lunch Week celebrates meals served to students

“If a child is hungry, they cannot learn. And I think that that’s probably the biggest message that we need to provide to parents and to the community in general,” Alabama Child Nutrition Program Coordinator June Barrett explain.

  MPS transportation employees concerned about safety following quarantine

More than half the employees with the transportation department are under quarantine.

  Deadline approaches for Alabama schools to spend federal aid money

There are concerns over whether or not Alabama schools will retain more than $170 million in federal funding.

  MPS property tax proposal vote nears

School leaders are pushing for what they consider a much-needed property tax increase for county schools.

Mother of 5-year-old who slipped out of school meets with superintendent

First leery of the superintendent, Sara Carlisle, the boy's mother, said she now appreciates the way he has handled the situation. Despite her confidence, she still believes the matter could have been avoided.

Time running out for free internet vouchers for home learning

Governor Ivey set aside $100 million to help students connect to the internet from home, but a lot of that money is going unused.

Auburn University announces mostly in-person plan for spring 2021

Most of Auburn University’s students will head back to the classroom for the spring 2021 semester, according to Provost Bill Hardgrave.

Terry Saban elected to Stillman College board of Trustees

Saban and the other members, James D Anderson and Katie Boyd Britt were announced Thursday and are set to began a three year term on the school’s board.

Work continues on mandatory dashboard for Ala. public schools

State superintendent Eric Mackey said the process has been delayed because of technical issues.

  Montgomery public schools return to face-to-face learning next week

Face-to-face learning resumes next week for Montgomery public school students.

  Students and parents react to Opelika Middle School moving to remote learning

According to Opelika Middle School’s website, the decision was based on COVID-19 updates from the school’s head nurse and local physicians.

  1.8 million masks to be shipped to Alabama schools next week

School systems filled out a survey requesting the number of pediatric and adult cloth masks they wanted.

Boy, 5, slips out of Dothan school, heads up busy highway

An alert Dothan Utilities worker found a 5-year-old boy who had walked out of a school unnoticed and picked him up along a busy highway.

Opelika Middle School temporarily transitioning to remote learning for all students

According to the school’s website, the transition to remote learning is based on information from the school nurse and local physicians.

State leaders worry COVID school relief money won’t be spent

Governor Kay Ivey and some state lawmakers are concerned that we may have to send millions back to Washington that could have gone towards COVID funding for schools.

  University of Alabama makes standardized tests optional for 2021 admissions

You can add the University of Alabama to a growing list of schools that are at least temporarily not requiring test scores for admissions.

MPS: Meals to be delivered with vans this week

Montgomery Public Schools announced a change to meal deliveries for this week.

Cottonwood High School to close next week

Parents will be notified by the school with information regarding their classwork.

UA won’t require standardized test scores for 2021 admission

Important news for seniors thinking about college. The University of Alabama will not require ACT or SAT scores for 2021 admission.

  Eufaula City School District starts in-person learning for lower schools

Students were back in the classroom in Eufaula Wednesday, the day the Eufaula City School District first began in-person learning for the 2020 school year.

Butler County in-person learning option opening early for virtual students

Student may go back to in-person instruction in October rather than at the end of the first semester in January.

Two-thirds of Phenix City Schools students return to in-person learning

All Phenix City Schools students in Pre-K through eighth grade who have opted for in-person learning made the return to the classroom today.

Schools reopening in beach town hit by Hurricane Sally

Public schools are reopening in an Alabama beach town for the first time since Hurricane Sally hit there nearly two weeks ago.

Tuscaloosa mayor reacts to viral photos of large bar crowds

The photos were taken inside Rhythm and Brews during The Velcro Pygmies' live performance. They were originally posted on Facebook but were deleted after going viral.

  Students struggle to make a go of college during pandemic

“There’s no doubt that that the impact of of COVID-19 is being felt across the board in public education,” said Gordon Stone, Executive Director of the Higher Education Partnership.

More than half of MPS students will return to classrooms in October

Montgomery Public Schools says more than half of its students will be returning to their schools for in-person instruction next month.

  Dr. Deborah Birx visits Montgomery, Auburn to discuss COVID-19 developments

White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx was in Alabama again on Thursday.

  Knights of Columbus donate $1,600 to Prattville’s New Hope Academy

The Knights of Columbus from St. Joseph Catholic Church donated $1,600 to New Hope Academy.

ADHR: Over 75% of child care facilities now open

The Alabama Department of Human Resources reports that the state now has its highest number of child care facilities back open since March.