June 21, 2024 9:00am

The Future of Education in Birmingham

What grade did influential leaders give local schools?

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Birmingham, AL Correspondent

Birmingham leaders believe there’s plenty of room for improvement for local schools when it comes to preparing students for the workforce.

That’s one of the big takeaways from the latest Birmingham Power Poll — a monthly, unscientific poll of local leaders from a range of industries.

Three-fourths of respondents said metro Birmingham’s K-12 schools currently do a good job of preparing students for college or the workforce.

Those efforts are particularly critical as the hiring environment remains tight and demographic shifts suggest workforce development challenges will persist for years to come.

Overall, 37% of respondents gave metro Birmingham’s K-12 schools a ‘C’ for their performance. Additionally, only 3% gave them an ‘A’ compared to 13% who gave them an ‘F’.

The majority of respondents (59%) gave the state of Alabama’s schools a ‘C’ for their performance.

One-third of respondents cited the disparity between systems as the biggest challenge for metro Birmingham’s schools. The ability to attract and retain educators was cited as the second-biggest challenge (19%).

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About Power Poll: Power Poll asks questions of the most powerful, influential people in U.S. cities. It is not a scientific survey. But because the people responding to the surveys comprise the leadership structure of their cities, the results afford a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts, opinions, and beliefs of those in a position to make change. Power Poll is distinctly nonpartisan.

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