Birmingham City Schools Taken Off Accreditation Probation

Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Craig Witherspoon makes a point during Friday's press conference. Behind him are, left to right, school board Vice President Sherman Collins Jr., board President Randall Woodfin, board member Sandra Brown, and board member Lyord Watson. Photo by Dan Carsen.

Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Craig Witherspoon makes a point during Friday’s press conference. Behind him are, left to right, school board Vice President Sherman Collins Jr., board President Randall Woodfin, board member Sandra Brown, and board member Lyord Watson. Photo by Dan Carsen.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The international accreditation agency AdvancEd just released a report based on their team’s March visit to Birmingham City Schools. Although the report noted many areas still in need of improvement, the agency upgraded the school system from “probation” to “accredited, warned.” In response, school leaders called a press conference. Alabama reporter Dan Carsen recorded it and broke it down for listeners:

LISTEN TO THE 24-MINUTE PRESS CONFERENCE:

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LISTEN TO THE 40-SECOND NATIONAL NEWSCAST SPOT:

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Click here to read or listen to an overview of Birmingham City Schools’ recent troubles and triumphs.

Click here to listen to an interview with AdvancEd CEO Mark Elgart.

Witherspoon answers questions in the post-press-conference reporter scrum. Photo by Dan Carsen.

Witherspoon answers questions in the post-press-conference reporter scrum. Photo by Dan Carsen.

 

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