U.S. Department of Education

State: Alabama graduation rate not accurate

Dec 8, 2016

Alabama's 89 percent graduation rate is not accurate, but it may be months before the correct numbers are revealed.

A review of the state's graduation rates by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Inspector General shows the state misstated its rates by counting students who received Alabama Occupational Diplomas in its numbers.  They also did not properly oversee local school systems' awarding of class credits, resulting in some diplomas that weren't honestly earned.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is criticizing the Obama administration's directive to let transgender students in public schools use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity.

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released a joint statement Friday saying both federal agencies plan to ensure all students, including transgender students, can enjoy a safe and discrimination-free environment. Both federal agencies plan to treat students' gender identity as the students' sex for purposes of enforcing Title IX regulations.

The U.S. Department of Education has reached an agreement with Lee County schools to make sure African-American students have equal access to advanced courses.

   The department announced Tuesday that the agreement with the east Alabama school system is the first of its kind in Alabama. It comes after the department found that advanced math was offered in the seventh grade at the county's predominantly white middle schools but was not offered at the predominantly African-American middle school.


The Huntsville City School District is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education over claims of harassment.

Officials say a JROTC instructor at Grissom High School told students that homosexuality is sinful.

GLBT Advocacy and Youth Services, an Alabama nonprofit, filed a complaint with the Department of Education in October.

In their complaint, the organization says the school district failed to prevent and stop harassment.

The school district received a letter from the department of education this week.