According to a Friday press release, JSU has named Timothy Lindblom, head of the department of biology, as dean of the School of Science. Maureen Newton, head of the department of sociology and social work, was named dean of the School of Human Services and Social Sciences.

The policy is new, and outlines how students can register to participate in the school system’s Virtual High School — but the program itself isn’t. Based at the Career Academy campus in Jacksonville, the online program started with efforts to allow kids who had fallen behind in coursework to catch back up, the program’s director and the system superintendent said Wednesday.

Board members Donya Beam, Jerry Cash, Ben Jones and Lonny Watson unanimously approved hiring Brittany Williamson as teacher at Pleasant Grove Elementary School, Denise Braggs as English and reading teacher and JaCee Smith as special education teacher at Cleburne County Elementary School.

The authors of the first major study of K-12 student test scores under the Alabama Accountability Act found that it’s not yet possible to compare kids in “failing” public schools with their counterparts who accepted scholarships to private schools.

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