The Alabama Accountability Act states under the definition of “Nonpublic School” that A nonpublic school does not include home schooling.
Yet as Mary Sell reports in the Florence and Decatur newspapers, 20 students who receive tutoring at the Sylvan Learning Center in Montgomery are on scholarships from the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund. The article states:
“Though Sylvan is best known for its tutoring services, that’s not all it does. Director of Education Candy McClendon last week said Sylvan currently has about 60 students “under home-school cover,” an organized home-school group, who receive classes including math, science and English at the center. There are 13 seniors, all of whom have plans to go to colleges or technical schools next year, she said.
“We’re not a home-school cover, we’re not a home-school system,” McClendon said. “We partner with these organizations to provide services for these students.”
Frankly, I’m having a difficult time understanding just what Ms. McClendon is saying. But then, I’ve not understood a lot about how this legislation is being implemented.
But I do know this. So far, the AAA has diverted more than $50 million from the Education Trust Fund to scholarships to private schools, salaries and marketing campaigns that even includes paying for ads on the Matt Murphy radio talk show in Birmingham.