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.
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Is the Alabama state legislature pitting business incentives against school funding? And why are some Republicans balking at the charter school bill? At least a situation that’s literally toxic — a mercury spill at a Birmingham middle school — has been cleaned up, and some students are helping those in need.
Students at a middle school in Birmingham, Alabama will soon have more opportunities to engage in science education. The Birmingham Change Fund, a seven-year old philanthropic giving circle, presented a $12,000 grant to the McWane Science Center and The Art of Words at a recent luncheon. These two local organizations will partner together to provide enhanced science and life skills education to local middle school students.