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Alabama / Audio

Alabama Admits Its High School Graduation Rate Was Inflated

Alabama boosted its graduation rate with questionable methods and now faces federal and state audits. It’s hard to know yet how far off the rate is.

Mississippi High School Graduation Rate Reaches Record High
Audio / Mississippi

Mississippi High School Graduation Rate Reaches Record High

More Mississippi students are graduating from high school than ever before. The national graduation rate last year was roughly 82 percent, and while Mississippi has yet to reach that national average, it is making steady ground.

All In The Game: College Athletes Talk Tensions Between Sports And Academics
Alabama / All In The Game / school sports

All In The Game: College Athletes Talk Tensions Between Sports And Academics

Across the South, college football is in full swing. But football is just one of dozens of NCAA sports. In any season, student-athletes are pushing themselves on the field, in the gym, and in the classroom. They get scholarships and generate billions of dollars. But they also get hurt and struggle with their studies on top of what’s basically a demanding full-time job. In Part One of our series, “Pressure and Performance on the Field of Play,” our Alabama reporter looks at tensions between sports and academics, through the eyes of the athletes themselves.

Ashton Bridges of Phenix City, Alabama about to pounce on timpani drums at the University of Montevallo. Photo by Dan Carsen.
Alabama / Audio / Multimedia / Summer Learning Series

Summer Learning: Ambitious Program Gears Up To Push Middle-Schoolers Past High School

Fewer reading materials in the home. Less access to camps or museums. Those are some reasons summer learning loss disproportionately affects low-income kids. There are many in the South, which can hamper efforts to raise graduation rates. But in Part Two of this Southern Education Desk series, WBHM’s Dan Carsen reports on “GEAR UP Alabama” — a wide-ranging federally funded attempt to meet those challenges, and more.

The removal of graduation rates from grading criteria allowed school districts to improve their grade. Photo by Alamy.
Audio / Mississippi

Mississippi School Grades Out, Gains Questioned

Just like their students, schools and districts now receive a letter grade indicating how well they did. But gains are being disputed.

Monday Reading List: Southern Schools’ Paddling Practices Questioned
Passing Notes

Monday Reading List: Southern Schools’ Paddling Practices Questioned

Psychologists say physical punishment of students may put them at risk of negative developmental outcomes; Undocumented students protest out-of-state tuition; Tenn. “Complete College Act” incompletely implemented

Friday Reading List: Birmingham School Board Taken Over
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Friday Reading List: Birmingham School Board Taken Over

Birmingham school board effectively taken over by the Alabama Department of Education until investigation of the board’s governance is complete; Alabama legislature limits the length of school year and allows flexibility for longer days; creation of a statewide school building authority was shot down by the Louisiana legislature.