In August, 1956, twelve students in Clinton, Tennessee made history by becoming the first to African-Americans to attend a state-supported high school in the south. The students became known as the “Clinton 12.” As the Southern Education Desk is running a series this week on the re-segregation of southern schools (“Segregation Shift: The New Faces of an Old Problem”), we thought you might like to see this piece of unique history through the ‘eyes of the time’ in this 1956 documentary from the legendary team of Edward R. Murrow and Fred Friendly at CBS-TV
Articles written by: Duncan Moon
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed an executive order to remove six or the nine members of the DeKalb County School Board in the state’s third largest school district.
A new report says federal stimulus funds met their goal of saving and creating teaching jobs over the past year – The Obama administration is proposing $1-billion to improve STEM – The Birmingham School Board decision to fire the Superintendent has been overturned – The Tennessee lottery’s education contribution sets a new record.
Nashville adult and senior community education classes are making a comeback after budget cuts and mismanagement. (The Tennessean) – Parents are cutting down on college costs by choosing less expensive schools or making students live at home while they get their degree. (AJC) – Alabama’s Huntsville school district is preparing more than 22,000 laptops and ipads for the upcoming school year. (The Huntsville Times)
Authorities Say Teachers In Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee Paid Other Teachers To Take Certification Tests (CNN); Education Officials Praise Tennessee Higher Education Efforts (Knoxville News Sentinel); Study Ties Alabama Jobless Rates To Educational Attainment (Birmingham News); Alabama Board Of Education Elects New Leaders (Montgomery Advertiser); Birmingham Board Hears Arguments To Fire Superintendent (Birmingham News)
For the past year, the Southern Education Desk has been reporting on the challenges facing education in the south. One core question that has surfaced over and over again is: What is good teaching? What are the elements and how is it accomplished? The answer is….well it’s complicated. This week, Southern Education Desk journalists from 5 states begin a series of reports that will seek to provide some answers.
Southern Education Desk reporter Dan Carsen discusses the effect of Alabama’s immigration law on the state’s schools.