Education

  Dallas County middle school students learn about prison life, good choices

The gathering was part of Wallace Community College’s Educational Talent Search program.

  Marion community reacts to closing of Judson College

Judson College board of trustees vote to close school

Input sought on Confederate name changes at Montgomery schools

Gov. Ivey signs bill for incentive pay for math, science teachers

  Ala. schools getting $2B from American Rescue Plan; MPS getting almost $130M

  Gov. Ivey signs public teacher, state employee pay raises into law

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  Butler County Schools hosting community meetings to move beyond pandemic

  Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on positive mental health in schools

  Tuskegee church helps Macon County teacher during pandemic

  Alabama passes $7.6 billion Education budget

House approves bill to put menstrual products in schools

  ASU graduating seniors surprised with financial debt payoff

  Pay raises possible for science, math teachers in Alabama

Some of Alabama’s public school science and math teachers could soon see a boost in pay.

State weighs pause in 3rd grade promotion reading test

After COVID-19 disrupted two school years, Alabama lawmakers are weighing a pause in an upcoming state requirement for third-graders to pass a reading assessment before moving up to the fourth grade.

US News & World Report ranks 3 Montgomery schools among state’s top 20

U.S. News & World Report’s latest Alabama school rankings show three Montgomery schools in the top 20.

  Action plan coming together to make Selma High School safer

Part of the plan deals with additional training for school personnel.

Unloaded gun found in backpack of Pike Road student

Alabama Dept of Environmental Management to celebrate Earth Day

  Auburn University names dorm after first black female student to graduate in 1966

  MGM Codes initiative unveiled At Johnnie Carr Middle School

Auburn plans for in-person fall semester

  Ivy Classical Academy location presented before Prattville City Council

Gov. Ivey: NIEER again ranks First Class Pre-K as nation’s best

Gov. Kay Ivey says NIEER has ranked Alabama First Class Pre-K as the nation’s highest quality state pre-kindergarten program for the 15th consecutive year.

  Troy University trustee Lamar Higgins dies

Troy University trustee Lamar Higgins has died.

  MPS launches new summer learning program

Montgomery Public Schools has launched its new summer learning program.

  New Prattville charter school will ask city to buy property

The Alabama Charter School Commission has approved Ivy Classical Academy.

Lee County School District no longer requiring masks since state mandate ended

While most East Alabama school districts are still requiring masks for students and staff, the Lee County School District is not.

State education board makes FAFSA applications or waivers a requirement

The Alabama State Board of Education approved a proposal to make filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid a requirement.

MPS hosting Summer Camp Resource Expo this Saturday

Montgomery Public Schools will host its third annual Summer Camp Resource Expo on Saturday.

  Hundreds of air purifiers coming to Selma City Schools

School district leaders say this is an attempt to mitigate the threat of COVID-19 even more.

Bill to allow yoga in Alabama K-12 schools passes Senate committee

The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a bill allowing K-12 schools to have yoga as an elective class.

  Committee passes bill requiring school districts create open enrollment policies

The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

  7K Montgomery school students return for in-person learning

MPS Supt. Dr. Ann Roy Moore put all students back in virtual learning in February after several staff members died, presumably from COVID-19. Now, some of those students are returning to the classroom.

MPS to resume face-to-face learning this week

MPS says face-to-face learning will resume on Monday.

Gogue Performing Arts Center at Auburn University reopens with outdoor concerts

The Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center at Auburn University is planning to reopen in April with outdoor concerts at its amphitheater following a 13-month hiatus of in-person performances.

  Covington County student to represent state in Scripps spelling bee

Dhilan Patel will represent Alabama in the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Can state universities and colleges legally require students to get COVID-19 vaccine?

For the first time in the U.S., a university announced it would require all on-campus students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

  Covington County school remembers beloved teacher who died from COVID-19

Grief and shock have descended on Straughn Elementary School near Andalusia.

Jefferson Co. Schools suing popular e-cigarette brand

The suit accuses JUUL Labs of helping create a vaping epidemic among school-aged children by making their products attractive to children.

  Montgomery’s Life Academy a step closer to becoming reality

By Tuesday night Life Academy in Montgomery will become a sure thing.

Tuskegee University confirms McNair no longer president

Tuskegee University’s board of trustees confirmed Friday that its president, Lily McNair, will not be returning to the university.

Former VP Mike Pence named keynote speaker for 2021 Faulkner Benefit Dinner

Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will soon make a trip to Alabama after being named the keynote speaker for Faulkner University’s Annual Benefit Dinner.

Alabama to fund 34 new P-3 classrooms, bringing total to 208

The new funding will increase the program’s reach to 208 classrooms rooms in 21 of the state’s 67 counties.

  State lawmakers look to increase salaries for math, science teachers

Alabama lawmakers are looking at salary increases for math and science teachers as a way to encourage them to work in K-12 public schools.

Alabama’s Safer at Home Order reflects new CDC guidance for schools

“Alabama schools, for the most part, are setting the example for the rest of the nation, because the majority of our students and teachers are back in the classroom. These latest guidelines from the CDC make the return to the classroom even easier for our schools."

Auburn City Schools to build 10th elementary school

As more families are moving into the Auburn area, the city’s education system is looking to build more schools.

Former Limestone superintendent and others set to plead guilty in fraud case

Former Superintendent Tom Sisk is set to plead guilty in the ongoing fraud case involving Athens and Limestone County.

  Pike Road property tax increase would help build new school

The money would pay to build a new Pike Road High School and allow the Georgia Washington campus to better accommodate junior high school students.

Troy University planning return to regular operations in the fall

Troy University has announced its future plans in light of Alabama’s COVID-19 case numbers going down.

CDC releases updated guidelines for operating child care programs

CDC leaders maintain that best practice is mask-wearing for everyone 2 years of age and older. They also addressed air ventilation, sanitizing and other strategies in the update released Friday.

House votes to lift old yoga ban, but don’t say namaste

A decades-old ban on yoga in Alabama public schools could be coming to an end.

  New simulator to train future truck drivers at Trenholm State

A new simulation tool will train future truck drivers at Trenholm State Community College.

Tuition freeze, full campus operations planned for Alabama community colleges in 2021-2022

Also, because of declining COVID-19 cases and more people being vaccinated, the ACCS anticipates all community college campuses in the state will resume normal, on-campus operations for the Fall 2021 semester.

  Montgomery Public Schools prepare for students’ return

After returning to virtual learning in February, Montgomery Public Schools is preparing to welcome students back to the classroom.

Have a seat: University of Alabama students get really nice chairs

Each chair is custom-made by UA staff from raw materials and includes the script “A” burned in the back.

  ASU seeks votes in Home Depot’s ‘Retool Your School’ competition

Alabama State University needs your vote to make some much-needed improvements on campus.

  Will masks still be required inside Alabama schools after the health order is lifted?

Alabama’s decision to lift the state-wide mask mandate on April 9th has given school districts a little over 30 days to decide if masks will still be a requirement inside their classrooms.

LEAD Academy to return to in-person classes

School officials said the decision was made after data showed a significant downward trend of COVID-19 cases in the Montgomery area.

AUM gets $75K grant for community safety training

The governor’s office says AUM will use the grant to train in crime reduction methods and community safety measures.

University of Montevallo will return to full in-person classes this fall

The University of Montevallo will return to a traditional, in-person class model for the Fall 2021 semester.

Auburn University announces spring graduation to be held at Jordan Hare Stadium

Officials say in place of larger ceremonies that combine multiple colleges and schools , graduates will participate in individual college and school ceremonies.

Alabama school to offer medical degree unique to 4 states

The University of Mobile says its new doctor of nurse anesthesia practice program will be the only such course of study in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi.

UA System campuses plan return to in-person classes for fall semester

The University of Alabama System campuses plan to return to traditional in-person instruction without restrictions on classroom capacity for the Fall 2021 semester.

  $45.5M approved for non-public Alabama schools affected by pandemic

To access the money or services, these schools have to apply to the Alabama State Department of Education, which Gov. Kay Ivey has tasked with managing the funds.

Alex City Schools unveils designs for Benjamin Russell High School

Alexander City Schools is unveiling the latest designs for the new Benjamin Russell High School.

  Hundreds of MPS employees receive first COVID-19 vaccine

Hundreds of Montgomery Public Schools employees got their first COVID-19 vaccine shot at Alabama State University.

Auburn University student newspaper ending print publication

Auburn University’s student newspaper, a training ground for generations of journalists, said Thursday it will cease printing after 127 years and become an online-only publication.

Former Athens, Limestone superintendents face federal conspiracy, fraud charges; Carter placed on leave

The U.S. Department of Justice released an indictment Tuesday related to the investigation of a former Superintendent of Athens City Schools.

  Alabama’s 2021 Higher Education Advocacy Day goes virtual

Thursday is Higher Education Advocacy Day at the Alabama statehouse.

  MPS to resume face-to-face learning in April

MPS has announced that face-to-face learning will resume on April 5.

House approves mandatory kindergarten bill

Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal to require students to complete kindergarten, or demonstrate first-grade readiness, before starting first grade.

3 sought after Wetumpka educational facility burglarized

Wetumpka police and Central Alabama CrimeStoppers are asking the public for help identifying three burglary suspects who targeted an educational facility late Saturday night.

  Learning centers have been busier during remote learning

So many families have turned to local learning centers for help.

Free Alabama College Application Week begins

Between Monday and Friday, participating colleges and universities will waive application fees.

  MPS employees to get COVID-19 vaccines through ASU partnership

Alabama State University is partnering with the Montgomery Public Schools to vaccinate the school system’s employees.

Longtime Andalusia City Schools superintendent announces retirement

Longtime Andalusia City Schools Superintendent Ted Watson has announced that he will be retiring later this year.

  Montgomery launches LEAPS program to close learning gap caused by pandemic

A new education program is on the way to help Montgomery public school children close the learning gap brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elmore County Schools employees to get second bonus

Elmore County Schools employees will receive another bonus this school year.

Renovations underway for Faulkner’s College of Health Sciences

Renovations are well underway for Faulkner’s new College of Health Sciences.

  Debate continues on students returning to in-person learning

As we approach the one-year mark of school closures across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the calls for returning to in-person learning are growing more urgent.