Summer Learning: Upward Bound Takes Students Through High School And Beyond
Ashton Bridges of Phenix City, Alabama about to pounce on timpani drums at the University of Montevallo. Photo by Dan Carsen.
Scholars dance out to the beat of "Uptown Funk - Bell Edition." The YMCA of Greater Montgomery Power Scholars Academy Culmination Ceremony was held Friday, July 10, in the auditorium of Carver Elementary School in Montgomery. Credit: Shannon Heupel/Montgomery Advertiser.
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Alabama / Audio / Multimedia / Summer Learning Series Ashton Bridges of Phenix City, Alabama about to pounce on timpani drums at the University of Montevallo. Photo by Dan Carsen.

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.

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Voices Of Educators: Rowan Shafer

Rowan Shafer is a third grade teacher at Morris Jeff Community School. She’s committed to teaching a social justice curriculum… which she knows can sound abstract. “Yeah, those are easy words to say that mean a lot of things,” she says. In this month’s Voices of Educators segment, Shafer describes [...]

Charter Schools / Closing Costs / Louisiana When her son William started taking public transportation to school, Lashunda Dean downloaded a tracking app on her cellphone. She shows off the app while her older son and the family cockatiel look on.
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Closing Costs: Inside The School Close Out Process

When a school announces it’s closing, it doesn’t just shut its doors the next day. There’s a whole closure process. It’s a process Miller McCoy Academy — an all-boys middle and high school — has been following this year. We look inside that process as part of our series “Closing [...]

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Summer Learning: Upward Bound Students Connect With College Life

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The high school students attending summer classes in Upward Bound will most likely graduate on time and get a diploma. But they’re giving up summers and Saturdays during the school year with an eye on what happens after high school. That’s one goal of Upward Bound– a [...]

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Summer Learning: Upward Bound Students Connect With College Life
American Graduate / Summer Learning / Tennessee

Summer Learning: Upward Bound Students Connect With College Life

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The high school students attending summer classes in Upward Bound will most likely graduate on time and get a diploma. But they’re giving up summers and Saturdays during the school year with an eye on what happens after high school. That’s one goal of Upward Bound– a [...]

Summer Learning: Upward Bound Takes Students Through High School And Beyond
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Summer Learning: Upward Bound Takes Students Through High School And Beyond

Remember when you could get a job with just a high school diploma? By 2020, it’s projected that 65 percent of jobs will require a diploma, AND, higher education. Upward Bound is more than doubling the chances of low-income, first-generation students graduating and going to college nationwide, including 6,500 in the Deep South. Today, Louisiana Public Broadcasting producers Kevin Gautreaux and Shauna Sanford take a look at this federally funded program and its summer work.

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.

Chris Barbic was appointed four years ago as the first superintendent of the Achievement School District, created with funds from the federal Race to the Top grant program. That money has now run out. Credit: TN Photo Services.
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Interview: Turnaround Schools Leader Chris Barbic On His Early Exit And Charter Schools

Chris Barbic nearly worked himself to death last year. At age 44, the otherwise healthy head of Tennessee’s new turnaround school district had a heart attack. Now he’s stepping down, well before his educational experimentation bears much fruit. Barbic has been one of the most closely-watched superintendents in the country. And as he leaves the job ahead of schedule, he’s raising eyebrows with what he calls an “honest” critique of charter schools.

Scholars dance out to the beat of "Uptown Funk - Bell Edition." The YMCA of Greater Montgomery Power Scholars Academy Culmination Ceremony was held Friday, July 10, in the auditorium of Carver Elementary School in Montgomery. Credit: Shannon Heupel/Montgomery Advertiser.
Alabama / Summer Learning Series

Summer Learning: Graduation Rates Get Boost Through Summer Learning

National education leaders are trumpeting recent increases in high school graduation rates, yet about 20 percent of kids still dropout before completing high school. That number jumps significantly among the Southern poor in places like Alabama and Mississippi. And it costs money. Dropouts earn less and governments pay more to support them. One possible solution? Make summer a season of learning for students that could help them stay engaged and in school. Sherrel Wheeler Stewart kicks off our series on Summer Learning and its impact high school graduation.

Will and Vicki Tuggle outside their home in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Photo by Dan Carsen.
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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.

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Mississippi Set To Take Over Tunica Schools

The Mississippi Board of Education is asking Governor Phil Bryant to approve a takeover of the Tunica County School District. Education officials say the district is in violation of 22 state and federal accreditation standards.

There wasn't a single free seat at the Vestavia Hills Board of Education meeting Wednesday night. Almost 30 people addressed the Board over more than two hours about whether to keep or drop the system's "rebel" mascot. Credit: Dan Carsen/WBHM.
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Capacity Crowd Turns Out For Vestavia Hills Mascot Forum

An emotional issue across the South and the nation came to a head in Vestavia Hills last night — the debate over symbols related to the Confederacy. The school board held a public forum, partly spurred by residents who want the system to drop its “Rebel” mascot.