Education

Arrest made following threats towards south Ala. middle school

Law enforcement has made an arrest in the investigation involving threats being made towards Escambia County Middle School.

Auburn’s fifth annual Tiger Giving Day breaks records

  Audit uncovers ‘serious problems,' misuse of $700K in MPS

Deadline looms for GEAR UP Alabama ‘Last-Dollar Tuition Waiver’ applications

  Unannounced drill causes concern for some Prattville HS parents

  Montgomery mayor pushing to expand First Class Pre-K

Alabama House okays proposed teacher retirement change

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Troy City Schools make change at Superintendent

Controversial new school attendance policy has parents seeing red

Third man arrested in slaying of Alabama college professor

Weapons found in student parking lot of Smiths Station High School

  Class Act winner’s students are her motivation

TikTok challenge leads to Ozark kid’s broken arm

  Draft bill proposes extended summer break for Alabama students

Alabama State Rep. Steve Hurst is drafting a bill proposing longer summer breaks for students.

Student arrested after gun brought to Horseshoe Bend High School

A school in Tallapoosa County was briefly put on lockdown Thursday after a student brought a handgun to school, according to the sheriff’s office.

Auburn pharmacy school probes ‘widespread cheating’ allegations

Auburn University is investigating “potentially widespread cheating” by students at its pharmacy school.

Students honored by Arts Council of Montgomery

The Arts Council of Montgomery announced the winners of its annual Artistic Competition for Exceptional Students (ACES) this week.

  MPS board increases proposed ad valorem tax

  BrewTech in Montgomery earns STEM certification

Suspect arrested after south Alabama school theft, vandalism

  Class Act winner came back home to teach

Bill would allow colleges and universities to get debtors’ income tax refunds

Montgomery teacher faces on-campus student sex abuse charges

Alabama panel denies extension to contested charter school

Alabama regulators might revoke the charter of a contested south Alabama charter school.

  Alex City teacher is goofy, passionate, determined and now Class Act Award winner

Our Class Act Teacher obviously didn’t know we were coming to her classroom.

  Troy University keeps wary eye on global coronavirus

Troy University leaders say there is no alarm and no widespread worry on campus, but they didn’t waste any time in getting ahead of the game on the coronavirus.

  Annual leadership conference begins Friday night at Troy University

The annual leadership conference celebrating African-American History month kicks off Friday night at Troy University.

  New program helps MPS students stay on track to graduation

A high school student's senior year is an exciting time, but it can become stressful when a student realizes he's one credit short or his GPA isn't high enough for NCAA requirements.

Opp closes schools to fight ‘significant’ flu increase

The system’s three schools will close as the system works to stem any further outbreak of the illness.

At least 7 men cleared in the JSU statutory rape case

According to court records a grand jury voted to “No Bill” at least seven of the men, meaning their cases won’t go forward.

  State superintendent gives update on MPS intervention

State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey is giving a progress report on Montgomery Public Schools.

  January Class Act Teacher says students helped her fight cancer

Our Class Act winner for the month of January knows how important it is for the teacher to set an example that leads to success.

Gun discharges in child’s pocket at west Alabama school

No one was hurt in the incident.

Chilton Co. elementary student found with BB gun, school not in danger

It happened in Verbena.

  MPS officials respond amid financial woes

It’s been one hit after another for MPS.

Alabama student is finalist to name next Mars rover

Vaneeza Rupani's name suggestion was Ingenuity.

MPS reacts to SPLC lawsuits over student expulsions

The Montgomery County Board of Education is reacting to a pair of lawsuits filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

MPS reacts after ex-bookkeeper pleads guilty to stealing $13K

The state is closing the book on its investigation of a former Montgomery Public Schools bookkeeper after she pleaded guilty.

  K-12 department wants $300 million more from lawmakers

State Department of Education officials asked state lawmakers for $300 million more during Wednesday's education budget hearing.

SPLC sues after Montgomery students expelled during shooting probe

A pair of lawsuits are being filed against the Montgomery County Board of Education on grounds that it violated the due process rights of two students.

  Class Act: Teacher uses positive messages to inspire students

There are positive messages all over the walls of Dr. Carolyn Bettis’ classroom but to her, it’s more important her students hear them.

  LIFE Academy receives contract from MPS board

LIFE Academy founder Norma Chism confirmed she has received the contract for Montgomery’s second charter school from the Montgomery County School Board.

2 former MPS employees owe system $14K after audit, state says

The results of a year-long audit are in for a middle school in the Montgomery Public Schools system, and the State of Alabama found multiple issues.

Wreck involving Alabama school bus kills 1, injuries several

Mobile police say a school bus collided with a minivan Thursday morning on a busy street near downtown.

  8 of Alabama’s ‘Standout Schools’ in Montgomery

The designation is being made by the data analysis website Niche.com as part of its “2020 Best Schools” rankings.

  Class Act: Reading teacher spells out keys to success

The students in Emily McKay's classroom don't seem the least bit surprised that she's our Class Act teacher this week.

Oldest Troy alumnus celebrates 105th birthday

Rillie Simmons has spent most of her life living in Coffee Springs where she graduated from high school.

Carver High School JROTC instructor pleads guilty to theft

A Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps instructor at Montgomery’s Carver High School pleaded guilty to first-degree theft of property.

  Longtime Eastwood Christian School headmaster to be laid to rest

John Geiger passed away Tuesday after a battle with ALS, a disease commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

  Community expresses support for new proposed charter school

Montgomery Public Schools held a public hearing Thursday night to discuss a proposal by LIFE Academy to operate a start-up charter school in Montgomery.

Auburn Application Week waives new student admission application fee for Ala. residents

Auburn Application Week is from January 13 through January 17.

  How to get students motivated for the rest of the school year

Many students are back in school, signaling the end of the holiday break.

Dr. Tommie Stewart appointed to Alabama Board of Education

Stewart will hit the ground running, attending her first board meeting on Thursday.

  Lions Club works to improve reading skills for students with Irlen Syndrome

For children struggling with reading, a special set of lenses could make all the difference.

  Class Act: Teacher inspired to lead by teachers of her youth

Many of our Class Act winners credit their teachers as the reason they chose the classroom for their careers. This week’s winner is no different.

  Elmore County school system receives land donation

The board voted unanimously to move forward with the acceptance of the land donation from Rodney Griffith.

  ‘Christmas Music in Our Schools’ with MPS high school choirs

Montgomery high school choirs perform Christmas songs at Eastdale Mall.

  Class Act teacher has student-centered attitude

Imagine being a band director at a brand new school; A school that doesn’t even have a fight song yet.

  Elmore County School Board approves $50 million bond resolution

The Elmore County Board of Education unanimously approved a $50 million bond resolution at its regularly scheduled board meeting Monday night.

Father of student allegedly assaulted by Opelika teacher has message for special needs parents

The father of a child who was reportedly assaulted by an Opelika teacher is speaking out.

Surgeon, hospital honored with Auburn’s International Quality of Life awards

This is the 26th year for the IQLA awards recognizing individuals who exemplify the core mission of Auburn’s College of Human Sciences.

Board suspends teachers involved in Ashford text scandal

This all came out almost a month ago, but when it came down to it, the meeting to decide their date took all of about five minutes.

Butler County Schools superintendent writes heartfelt letter

Strycker ended his letter by saying, “Until we meet again, my wife Debra and I say goodbye and best wishes.”

  State intervention, more addressed at final MPS meeting of 2019

It was a full house at Tuesday’s Montgomery Public Schools board meeting, the last meeting scheduled for 2019.

Opelika school employee on leave after student assault allegation

An investigation was immediately opened by Opelika police in partnership with the Department of Human Resources and Opelika City Schools.

School board delays decision on teachers who sent insensitive texts

Superintendent David Sewell said a procedural matter surfaced during a private meeting between the board and its attorney.

  Class Act: Pike Lib teacher calls coming out of retirement a godsend

Mrs. Campbell fought back tears from the time she realized that she was being rewarded for all her hard work, work that she still loves so much.

  Area businesses celebrate Computer Science Education Week

This week is Computer Science Education Week, aimed at getting students excited about the importance of computer science.

Dothan school has sent over 100 sick students home

Dothan City Schools is hoping to work with parents in keeping classrooms germ free.

Alabama city considering daytime curfew for its students

An Alabama city’s officials are considering new curfew laws during school hours to try to discourage students from skipping class

  Class Act: Teacher hopes to inspire on the field and in the classroom

Coach Greg Howard says coaching on the field as well as the classroom takes balance.

  Class Act of the Month: Nikki Patel of Charles Henderson High School

"My students mean the world to me. The faculty and staff that I work with mean the world to me. And just to be recognized, I mean I had no idea,” Patel said.

Troy University awarded additional $2.7 million for plastics recycling research

In 2018, the university was awarded a $3.2 million grant by the National Institute of Science and Technology.

Person responsible for noose in Auburn residence hall identified

The person responsible for putting a noose in an Auburn University residence hall has been identified, Auburn University Campus Safety & Security confirmed Friday.

  Judge orders ex-principal of LEAD Academy back on payroll for now

Thursday was the first hearing for Dr. Nicole Ivey-Price, the former principal of Montgomery’s first charter school, LEAD Academy.

Noose found in Auburn University residence hall, campus security says

An investigation is open after an extension cord tied as a noose was found in the common area of a residence hall, Auburn University Campus Safety & Security said.

If board doesn’t fire texting teachers, state could possibly do it

Some of those teachers used racial slurs, explicitly discussed students sex lives, and one teacher said she might slap a fellow employee

Superintendent hints texting teachers may keep jobs

The text messages, intended as private chats, contained a racial slur, violence threat against another teacher, and seemingly inappropriate discussions about students' sex lives.

  Class Act winner says her methods add up to success for students

Through it all, she says one thing stays the same; her love of learning and support for her students.

Dept. of Mental Health requesting more mental health services in schools

These services allow a school district to partner with a local community mental health center to put a therapist in a school.

  Ella Bell remembered at first state board meeting since her death

While Bell’s seat was empty, she wasn’t far from the thoughts of those in attendance.