HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A Huntsville elementary school once listed among Alabama’s “failing” schools will receive extra funding from the Alabama Department of Education.
Craig Williams, a spokesperson for Huntsville City Schools said, “Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary is among 15 schools across the state set to receive additional funding as part of a new initiative.”
Governor Kay Ivey said the intuitive will invest a historic amount of funding into the schools so that no elementary school is ranked in the bottom six percent. Ivey has proposed providing resources that would not be one-size-fits-all to help those 15 schools.
“We need to work with these schools with an Alabama spirit of cooperation and determination, and we need to find new ways to address old problems,” Ivey told News 19. “That begins with making sure that every elementary school in Alabama is a successful school.”
The governor’s office did not say how much funding Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary will receive or how it will be used at this time.
“While a multitude of supports are in place which are contributing to growth and academic achievement, this funding will complement these efforts such as tutoring, professional development, and summer learning,” Williams continued.
At one time, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary was listed among the state’s failing schools. It was also listed alongside James Dawson Elementary as one of Huntsville City Schools’ two schools where more than half of its students are not reading at their grade level.
According to the school’s website, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary was established in 1967. There are currently 482 students at the school, as of Tuesday, September 6, 2022.