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Florida Education Board Asks For Legal Options To Address Jefferson School Failures
Florida

Florida Education Board Asks For Legal Options To Address Jefferson School Failures

The Florida Board of Education is growing frustrated with the failures of the Jefferson County School District, and it’s looking for solutions, including a merger. But it’s running into legal roadblocks, and Wednesday’s meeting didn’t provide any resolution. Meanwhile, the district’s superintendent has lost his reelection bid.

TSU acknowledges the state's findings and says it will avoid similar problems in the future. Credit: TSU Media Relations
Funding / Tennessee

TSU Says It’s Fixing Issues Raised In State Audit

An annual audit released Monday found that Tennessee State University made some significant errors in recent financial statements. The state comptroller’s office also cited the school for not reporting enrollment changes quickly enough.

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.
STEM

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.

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Alabama / Race

Study of School District Borders Shows US, AL Economic Segregation

A wide body of research shows that students in poor school districts face real disadvantages. But the way the U.S. funds schools creates pockets of poverty right next to enclaves of wealth.

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Tennessee / Testing

Testing Executives Try To Reassure Tennessee Lawmakers About Online Exams

The firm brought in to run Tennessee’s student testing program is telling lawmakers that it won’t rush the transition to online exams.

TSU researcher Matthew Blair examines some amaranth growing in the university's experimental fields. Credit: Emily SIner / WPLN.
Research / science / Tennessee

TSU Researchers Hope The Ancient Grain They’re Growing Becomes The Next Quinoa

There was quinoa, there were chia seeds — and now, researchers at Tennessee State University are growing what they hope will be the next big superfood, if enough Americans can get excited about eating it.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy donated $50,000 in 1933 to build Confederate Memorial Hall, which was then on the campus of the George Peabody College for Teachers. Credit: Vanderbilt University.
Infrastructure / Race / Tennessee

Vanderbilt Settles With Daughters Of The Confederacy, Pays $1.2M To Rename Memorial Hall

Vanderbilt University has settled a long-running lawsuit so it can rename Confederate Memorial Hall. The school will pay $1.2 million to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which is considered present day value of the original $50,000 donation more than 80 years ago.

The Alabama State Board of Education. Credit: ALSDE.
Alabama

State Board Taps Consultant for New Schools Chief

It took repeated tries, but today the state school board named Michael Sentance, a consultant and formerMassachusetts Secretary of Education, its choice to be new Alabama Superintendent.