Will and Vicki Tuggle outside their home in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Photo by Dan Carsen.
Mississippi set to take over Tunica Schools
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.
Jennifer Brown, Alabama's 2015-2015 Teacher of the Year. Alabama State Department of Education photo.
Alabama / Audio / Multimedia / school sports Will and Vicki Tuggle outside their home in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Photo by Dan Carsen.

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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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.
Credit: Mallory Falk / WWNO

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 [...]

American Graduate Back on Track: Louisiana Graduates

Back on Track: Louisiana Graduates

Louisiana’s graduation rate has jumped nearly ten points over the last decade. But at 74.6%, the state’s high school graduation rate still lags behind the national average of 81%. And last year 19 school districts saw their graduation rates decline. How do students stay in school despite these odds? This [...]

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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.

Mississippi set to take over Tunica Schools
Mississippi

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.
Alabama

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.

Jennifer Brown, Alabama's 2015-2015 Teacher of the Year. Alabama State Department of Education photo.
Alabama / Audio

INTERVIEW: Alabama Teacher Of The Year On Common Core, Charters, “Rebel” Mascots & More

Vestavia Hills, Ala. science teacher Jennifer Brown is that state’s 2015-2016 Teacher of The Year. The 16-year educator, who once wanted to be a professional basketball player, sits down with our Alabama reporter to talk about her motivations and about controversial issues like Common Core, charter schools, standardized testing and Vestavia Hills City Schools’ “Rebel” mascot.

Common Core in Louisiana and across the South
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Common Core in Louisiana and across the South

Major strides have been made with Common Core standards in Louisiana, but it is still a very controversial issues throughout the South. Shauna Sanford of Louisiana Public Broadcasting has the latest on the Common Core battles across Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Charter Schools / Louisiana

Conference Looks At Lessons From New Orleans Schools, Ten Years After Katrina

ERA’s director, Douglas Harris, recently sat down with partner station WWNO’s Mallory Falk to discuss how his organization, the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (ERA), came about – as a conference it organized prepared to get started.

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Common Core Series / Louisiana

Common Core: Can Standards Really Prepare Students for College?

Over the last two years, there has been a lot of debate surrounding the Common Core standards throughout the country. But sometimes, all the political noise can make us forget about the main goal of these standards. Do they really do a better job of preparing kids for college and careers? And if not, what’s stopping them?

Anna Davis of Picayune and her daughter Isabel doing everyday school work. Credit: Paul Boger/MPB
Alabama / Common Core Series / Mississippi / Tennessee

Common Core: Re-branding Common Core – Does the Name Make a Difference?

Common Core education standards have been controversial since their adoption nearly half-a-decade ago. Some states have tried re-branding Common Core by changing the name. Others have dropped the standards all together. In the South, states are taking a different approach by asking residents themselves to reevaluate the standards.