Birmingham, Ala.– The Alabama State Department of Education’s intervention team has left Birmingham City Schools. ALSDE staff are approving local board agendas and monitoring finances from Montgomery. A year and a half after the state first took the reins, the local board is quietly going about its business. As 2014 approaches, [...]
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Three years ago, after spending almost nineteen billion dollars on hi-tech research, the Pentagon found the best bomb-detection devices in existence are dogs’ noses. But researchers at Auburn University are trying to make them even better. They’ve developed a new type of bomb-sniffing K-9 called a “VaporWake” dog. Our Alabama reporter Dan Carsen has more on this new tool in the anti-terrorism arsenal.
There’s been a revolution in American K-12 education: the “Common Core State Standards.” Released in 2010, they’re math and language arts standards meant to raise rigor and establish consistency across the nation. They’ve been adopted in 45 states. But in the first of a three-part series, Alabama reporter Dan Carsen tells us that even in those places, all is not quiet on the Common Core front.
Most education researchers and even many economists think high-quality Pre-K benefits children and the communities where they live. But the effects are limited when programs just don’t reach many kids. Even in states such as Alabama, which have highly regarded programs, these services reach only a fraction of eligible children.
An investigation by the Southern Education Desk has found that the committee appointed by the Mississippi Department of Education to evaluate sex education programs for the state’s schools made mistakes in the approval process.
Alabama has a 72 percent on-time high school graduation rate. Current statistics show that eight percent of students drop out. Leadership Montgomery, an organization whose mission is to effect positive civic transformation took on the challenge to give students a glimpse of what their future could be after completion of high school.
Tourists driving through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park discovered a new attraction this summer. Archaeologists from the National Park Service and the University of Tennessee opened three big holes in a field. But it was who was digging those holes that surprised most folks who stopped by.
Summer Learning Loss is a serious issue and one that’s been making national headlines lately. Studies have shown that most students lose about two months in math skills over the summer and low-income children lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains. That’s why education officials in state and across the country are stressing the importance of keeping kids engaged over the summer. And one summer camp program in the Birmingham area is doing just that.