Most Active Stories
- Siegelman Denied New Trial, Mental Health Budget Concerns
- Layoffs for Alabama Workers, Solar Sail Set to Launch
- Granade Issues Same-Sex Ruling, Busy Travel Weekend Expected
- Biden comments on civil rights and Selma, Bloody Sunday anniversary, Montgomery music premiere
- Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created Ghettos
Birmingham School Closings
Tue March 5, 2013
Concerns Raised About Birmingham School Closings
Parents and teachers are expressing concerns about plans to close seven schools and lay off 133 workers in Birmingham City Schools.
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.
Stephannie Huey says she's taught at the middle school and high school level, and doesn't think the two groups will mix well. She said middle school students would be exposed to more sexual activity, drugs and cigarettes.
Superintendent Craig Witherspoon said the consolidated schools with different grade levels would have separate entrances, staff and bus schedules.
WBRC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/YpMbJK) that the plan is expected to save the system $8 million and bring its budget in line with state law.
Information from: WBRC-TV, http://www.myfoxal.com/
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
Business & Education