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     The Alabama Department of Education has released the first report cards assigning letter grades to schools and school systems. The department said Thursday that 76 percent of the state's 137 school systems received an A, B or C. Montgomery Public Schools was one of 19 systems receiving a D. No school systems in the state scored an F.

Devil sign on Alabama interstate coming back

Jan 31, 2018

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A collapsed sign along an Alabama highway saying "Go To Church or the Devil Will Get You!" will be erected again. AL.com reported Monday the family that owns the sign depicting a red-tailed Satan will post another, likely with the exact wording as the original. It stood for decades along Interstate 65 north of Prattville before a storm toppled it in fall 2016. The sign stands on private property owned by W.S. "Bill" Newell and his sons took over its maintenance after he died in 2009.

Advocates for the expansion of Alabama’s First Class Pre-K Program are urging legislators to prioritize money in this year’s budget to expand access to the voluntary Pre-K program. The proposed budget increase of $23 million dollars was suggested by Gov. Kay Ivey. Bob Powers, Co-chair of the Alabama School Readiness Alliance Pre-K Task Force says the increase allows accommodation for more children.

   Absentee voting is open for the run-off election in District 26 next month. The run-off for the democratic nomination for the senate seat is between Montgomery City Councilman David Burkette and State Representative John Knight. It is set for Tuesday, February 27.  Absentee voting will run through February 22. Montgomery County Circuit Clerk Tiffany McCord told media that absentee voting has been slow so far. The winner of the run-off will face Republican Darrell "DJ" Johnson in the general election, which is set for May 15.

Police make arrest in fatal accident from October

Jan 26, 2018

   A fatal crash that happened in October of last year has resulted in the arrest of a Louisiana man. On October 31, three members of a transportation department survey crew were struck by a car in the 4-thousand block of Atlanta Highway. One of those men, 62 year old Leo Fournier of Montgomery, died from his injuries. Police say they have now charged 46 year old James Overstreet with murder in the case.

Students, parents, teachers and elected officials across Alabama participated in a rally in support of National School Choice Week on Thursday. The event is a public awareness effort to promote education options such as charter schools, magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling. Ebraham Lee, School Choice advocate explained school choice means parents have the choice of choosing options outside of traditional public schools.

Every Thursday on WVAS, we will bring you the latest restaurant health inspection scores from the Montgomery County Department of Public Health. This week the department conducted a total of 14 inspections of food service and lodging establishments. Visit the Montgomery Health Department’s website for a full list of scores. 

New list of failing schools in Alabama is out

Jan 25, 2018

   The latest list of “failing” Alabama public schools was released yesterday on the State Department of Education’s website. The results were drawn from the state’s standardized test in the spring of 2017. Out of 1,325 public schools in Alabama, 75 landed on the list of those performing in the lowest 6 percent in math and reading on the ACT Aspire exam.

   An announcement for the new home of a U-S trainer jet facility could come in the next four months. That was part of an update provided by Joe Turnham, the Executive Director for the Macon County Economic Development Authority to a Montgomery civic club yesterday. Tuskegee is among three finalist cities to land the T-100 trainer jet project. Leonardo DRS has chosen Tuskegee as the site for a 250 million dollar manufacturing facility, should it be chosen for the contract. Turnham says the recent decision by the Air Force to bring the F-35 fighter jet to Montgomery can only help.

Local third-grader dies from flu

Jan 19, 2018

   A local elementary student has died from the flu, becoming one of 20 pediatric deaths due to influenza nationwide. The third grader was a student at Pike Road School. Superintendent Dr. Charles Ledbetter confirmed with reporters yesterday 8 year old Zainab Momin died Tuesday night at a local hospital. Grief counselors will be provided for students when classes resume on Monday.