Funding disparities affect black students

There is a chance that Adriene Vaughn could do better in her classes if she tried harder. Her problem, she reasoned, must be that she is lazy. Over the last nearly seven years of her undergraduate career, Vaughn, 24, transferred from a historically black university, then to a community college and finally to The University of Alabama.

RAISE Act: the wrong fix for the right problems

A great deal is wrong with Alabama’s public education system. Among the many problems are an inequitable and insufficient funding structure, a lack of flexibility and control at the local level, and a shortage of highly trained and motivated teachers. It seems everyone has different ideas about how to address these and other shortcomings that consistently have Alabama’s public education system ranking near the bottom in the country.

Honors College looking to expand Education Outreach

Education Outreach will begin expanding in the spring semester in an effort to get more UA Honors College students involved in Tuscaloosa area schools. The purpose of Education Outreach is to take Honors College students and have them mentor and guide preschool, elementary and middle school students in Tuscaloosa, but getting the wanted number of volunteers has been difficult to obtain. “Our biggest focus right now is getting more students that we’re reaching because we do pull from Honors College volunteers, so it has been difficult in the past to get the numbers we want,” said Ann Varnedoe, executive director of Education Outreach and a junior majoring in psychology and African American studies.

Secondary math education program receives two-year designation

The University of Alabama’s secondary math education program in the College of Education has received recognition from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The NCTM two-year designation asserts that the program is strong and improving in focusing on the preparation of future mathematics teachers. “You know, you’re always examining your program and trying to improve it,” said Dr. Jeremy Zelkowski, director of UA’s secondary math education program.

Linda Creek continues ed through LifeTrack

Linda Creek was planning to pursue a degree in special education at The University of Alabama when she was forced to drop out, get a job and take care of her family. Her mother was sick, 
and her father, who worked for 35 years at a paper factory, lost his job. Almost 40 years later, Creek returned to the University through New College’s LifeTrack program to complete her lifelong dream of education. At Honors Day, Creek was awarded the Alice Parker Award, named after a long-working University professor, for her love of 
[learning] and the humanities.