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Participants in UAB's CORD program making a multicolored tower by pouring household liquids of varying weights into a cylinder. Credit: Sherrel Wheeler Stewart/WBHM.

UAB CORD Program Helps Students Get Ahead of the Curve in Science

Students in Alabama and throughout the South are back in school this month. However, long before the first day of school, hundreds of kids spent part of their summer in labs at UAB. The goal? Getting ahead of the curve in science class.

Will and Vicki Tuggle outside their home in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Photo by Dan Carsen.
Alabama / Audio / Multimedia / school sports

In Football Country, Concussion Awareness Brings Parental Dilemma

More and more people are learning about the risks contact sports pose to the brain. So even here in the football-loving Deep South, parents and young athletes are wrestling with a serious dilemma, one that could affect them decades later: to play or not to play. To help parents facing that decision, our Alabama reporter got some personal perspective from families who’ve already faced sports-related concussions.

Dr. Hank Dasinger, president of Alabama's J.F. Ingram State Technical College, the only state-run two-year college whose student body is 100 percent incarcerated. Photo by Dan Carsen.
Alabama / Audio / Multimedia / Special Coverage

A Unique College For Inmates, And An Interview With Its President

The United States locks up people at a higher rate than anywhere else in the world. Some of the most overcrowded prisons are in Alabama. Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women is one of them. It’s also been under federal investigation for sex abuse by guards. But some inmates there have access to a unique state-funded program that offers academics and life skills they’ll need after release. The problem is, this J.F. Ingram State Technical College program, which could ease overcrowding, is struggling for funds. Our Alabama reporter Dan Carsen has this national story, and a full-length interview with J.F. Ingram’s president.

From the cover of the recently released paperback, "Some of My Best Friends are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America." Tanner Colby, who moved to Vestavia Hills in eighth grade, wrote it after realizing that despite the nation electing its first black president, he and his white friends basically didn't have any black friends.
Alabama / Race

INTERVIEW: Tanner Colby, “Some of My Best Friends Are Black”

As Barack Obama campaigned his way to the presidency, self-described lily-white writer Tanner Colby began pondering — and then tenaciously researching — exactly why he and other white people didn’t have black friends. The reasons are complex, ranging from school policy to real estate practices to media image-making to church politics. But Colby dives right in from the springboard of his own life, recognizing his ignorance the whole way. The result: “Some of My Best Friends are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America.” Our Alabama reporter Dan Carsen caught up with the author not long after he appeared on MSNBC to discuss America’s persistent racial separation.

A knowledgeable student makes a minor confession (read or listen to the story) in Christine Sutton's cybersecurity class at Huntsville's Grissom High School. Photo by Dan Carsen.
Alabama / Uncategorized

Army & Ala. School District Groom New Cyberwarriors As Threats Increase

Eric Snowden. NSA code-cracking. Chinese government hackers. It’s hard to avoid cybersecurity issues in the news. And many experts think the United States is simply not up to the threats. That’s mainly because there aren’t enough good guys with the skills to do battle in this expanding arena. But there’s a unique partnership in an Alabama school district that’s working to change the scenario. Our Alabama reporter Dan Carsen has more.

Some of the youngest protesters at the Monday, August 12 Hoover Board of Education Meeting. The board, speaking mainly through its lawyer, said other cost-cutting options are being studied but would not rescind last month's vote to end busing next year. Photo by Dan Carsen.

Ala. District Cuts Busing For 7,000, Sparks Controversy & National Attention

Hoover, Alabama’s school board recently voted to end its bus service, effective a year from now. District leaders say they have to cut costs as enrollments rise and revenues fall. But our Alabama reporter Dan Carsen points out, many in this hilly, sprawling suburb don’t believe that’s the whole story.

George Hall relies on school-wide lesson plans and behavior policies, not to mention constant striving for improvement. Photo by Dan Carsen.
Alabama / Audio / Making The Grade / Turnaround School Series

School Turnaround: From Disaster To National Leader

Imagine a school in a poor, crime-ridden neighborhood – discipline problems, dismal reputation, among the worst test scores in Alabama. That was Mobile’s George Hall Elementary in 2004. Now imagine a school known nationwide for innovative teaching and high performance.That’s George Hall Elementary now. In Part IV of our series on “Turnaround Schools,” we find out how they did it.

Just one group of students whom staff walk home each day. Photo by Dan Carsen.
Alabama / Audio / Making The Grade / Turnaround School Series

School Turnaround: How Did George Hall Do It?

Sometimes, poorly run disadvantaged schools defy the statistics and turn themselves around. Sometimes, they can even rise so high they become national models for education in any neighborhood. In the conclusion of our series on “Turnaround Schools,” we pick up the story of an elementary school that did just that. How did it happen? It wasn’t easy, but persistence, teamwork, and a belief in the students won out.