BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Officials say an Alabama city school system has received full accreditation.
News outlets report that Birmingham City Schools gained the approval from AdvancED. Superintendent Lisa Herring said during a news conference Tuesday this is the first time that Birmingham City Schools has been accredited as a system.
AdvancED Regional Director Andre Harrison tells AL.com the process is different than accrediting each school because there's a focus on leadership and student performance of the entire district. The accrediting agency had put the system on probation in 2013 citing micromanagement and dysfunction among the school board.
Harrison says the school system was required to comply with specified actions including building its cash reserves, increasing student achievement and ensuring the board's governance structure is effective. He says the accreditation will last five years.