Birmingham City Schools http://apr.org en Concerns Raised About Birmingham School Closings http://apr.org/post/concerns-raised-about-birmingham-school-closings <P>Parents and teachers are expressing concerns about plans to close seven schools and lay off 133 workers in Birmingham City Schools.</P> <DIV> <P>At a Monday night meeting, community members said they feared the consequences of one aspect of the plan: Consolidating some seventh- and eighth-grade students with high school students.</P> <P>Stephannie Huey says she's taught at the middle school and high school level, and doesn't think the two groups will mix well. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 12:38:47 +0000 The Associated Press 26103 at http://apr.org Concerns Raised About Birmingham School Closings Meetings Planned On Birmingham School Closures http://apr.org/post/meetings-planned-birmingham-school-closures <p>The Birmingham school board is planning a series of community meetings before it votes on a plan to close seven city schools.</p><p>The&nbsp;meetings have been scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. A state takeover of the school district's finances has resulted in a plan to save $8 million by shedding 133 jobs and closing seven schools.</p><p>Eleven other schools would be reconfigured, and a proposal for two schools to teach grades seven through 12 has already proven controversial with some school board members.</p> Sun, 03 Mar 2013 19:49:38 +0000 The Associated Press 25998 at http://apr.org Meetings Planned On Birmingham School Closures