Tag: Education

Community Development Group Donates $50K to Washington K-8

Navigate Affordable Housing Partners, a housing and community development nonprofit organization, has donated $50,000 to Washington K-8 School as part of its work in the North Titusville neighborhood.

“Any development community effort is only successful it you have schools. Strong schools make for strong communities and strong communities have healthy families,” Lisa McCarroll, CEO of the group, said while presenting the donation during a Birmingham Board of Education board meeting June 11. Read more.

BW Special Report: Shooting for the A — Birmingham Schools principal succeeded at one school. Now he’s aiming to redirect another that is facing significant challenges.

When Dr. Terrell Brown took over as principal at Birmingham City’s Minor Elementary School, the school had a failing “F” grade. By the time he left three years later, Minor had improved to a “C.”

Over at W.E. Putnam Middle School, where Brown is now, the goal is to do a repeat.

Brown is taking his best practices from Minor and his time at Midfield City Schools — which included focusing on the marginal performers, creating individual learning plans and increasing parent buy-in — and is applying them to his efforts to turn Putnam around from its “F” report card grade and five-time appearance on the AAA failing schools list.

Brown’s commitment to changing Putnam’s path goes deep. He gets personally involved, riding buses home with students, meeting with parents in their homes and at neighborhood meetings, creating forums where students’ voices are heard. Also very important to Brown is that he build a culture of excellence and rewards, where no achievement is too small to be publicly celebrated and every student is recognized for their gifts.

In 2004, after completing his student teaching assignment at Glen Iris Elementary School and graduating from UAB, Terrell Brown began teaching sixth grade at Martha Gaskins Middle School, which is now Martha Gaskins Elementary School, and remained there for six years. Brown left Birmingham City Schools for an assistant principal position in Tuscaloosa and later took over the principal role at Rutledge Middle School in the Midfield City School district.

In 2015, Brown returned to BCS as the principal of Minor Elementary School, where he remained until the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

Brown, currently the principal at W.E. Putnam Middle School, attributes his successes in turning around student performance at Minor, as well as at Rutledge in Midfield, to setting high but attainable goals, creating individual plans for each of the 437 students and including parents and children in the formulation of those plans. Read more.


From Buses to Libraries, 2020 Education Has More for K-12 Schools

MONTGOMERY — An additional $318 million for K-12 schools is in Alabama’s 2020 education budget, and lawmakers and education leaders say that money will make tangible differences in local schools.

Gov. Kay Ivey signed the record-setting education budget into law Thursday.

“This budget represents significantly more resources for education,” Senate education budget committee chairman Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, said.

Here’s what some of the new money will mean to K-12 schools.

There’s nearly $190 million more for the K-12 Foundation Program that supports schools’ basic functions. The 2020 total is $3.9 billion. There’s also an additional $27.8 million for transportation. Read more.