WVAS Local News

Sep 25, 2013

With Alabama's federally facilitated health insurance marketplace launching next week, the Obama administration has released figures showing the typical plan in Alabama will near the average or slightly less.  The Department of Health and Human Services says lowest -cost bronze plan in Alabama averages $247 a month. 

State Monitor

There's no word on when a state academic monitor will be sent to work with the Montgomery Public School system.  Tuesday, the Montgomery Board of Education voted for the monitor after the Alabama State Department of Education's investigation into improper grade changes expanded.  Montgomery Schools Superintendent, Barbara Thompson said the move will be more of a partnership with the state than a takeover. 

National Achievement Semifinalists

Loveless Academic Magnet Program in Montgomery honored six of its students Wednesday for being chosen as National Achievement Semifinalists.  The distinguished group is among 1,600 students nationwide.  The honor is given to the country's top scoring African-American students.  Only 800 finalists will be selected, their names will be released in the upcoming months. 

Holtville High School

21 more Alabama high schools have been selected to participate in the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program.  Schools chosen in Central Alabama include Demopolis, Holtville, Enterprise, Opp and Sylacauga high schools.  Holtville was also recently recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School.  Principal Dr. Jimmy Hull said the initiative will allow more training for teachers and will open the Advanced Placement Courses to all students.