Category Archives: Accountability Act

National Scholar Calls Alabama Report On Accountability Act “Fairy Dust”

Just to prove they understand “alternative facts,” the Alabama Federation for Children has sent out a news release and a study proclaiming that the Alabama Accountability Act is saving state taxpayers millions of dollars.  You can see it here Basically the report, done by Auburn University Montgomery, contends that every time we divert money from… Read More

Houses Built On Sand

We all recall the passage from the Book of Matthew, “…will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.  And the rain came, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell.” This is an apt description of education policy legislation spoon fed the… Read More

Something Fishy About “Failing School” List

The State Department of Education has just released the most recent “failing schools” list.  (See it here.) This annual ranking is required by the infamous 2013 Alabama Accountability Act.  This was when the legislature decreed that the bottom six percent of all public schools are “failing” and said they should be identified annually. So lists… Read More

Where Were You At Midnight?

The midnight I refer to is the one for Dec. 31, 2016.  Here’s hoping that you were celebrating with friends, or maybe already snug in bed. While you were doing that, I feel confident in saying that I was probably the only soul in Alabama, or maybe the universe, who was sitting in front of… Read More

Jeb Bush Encourages Alabama Business To Support School Vouchers Instead Of Public Schools

According to this article in Yellowhammer News, former Florida governor Jeb Bush was recently in Birmingham telling a group of business leaders that they should give money to support private school vouchers, instead of paying Alabama income tax which goes to the Education Trust Fund to support public schools. “School choice improves the chance of… Read More

Why The Accountability Act Makes You Scratch Your Head

We recently discussed the fact that the Alabama Accountability Act requires that students getting scholarships from a scholarship granting organization must take the same state assessment as students in public schools do. These scores go to the Alabama Department of Revenue and are now being “analyzed” by the University of Alabama.  This report is due… Read More

Latest Reports Show 15% Of Students Getting Accountability Act Scholarships Attend Non-Accredited Schools

The most recent quarterly reports from scholarship granting organizations participating in the Alabama Accountability Act are now posted on the web site of the Alabama Department of Revenue.  These cover the period from April 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016. While there are currently six SGOs approved to operate in the state, only four submitted reports. … Read More

Accountability Act. Wrong Then. Wrong Now.

My first piece about the infamous Alabama Accountability Act was written three and one-half years ago.  March 1, 2013 to be exact.  I was incredulous then at what the legislature had the gall to do.  And now, after we have diverted more than $70 million from the Education Trust Fund to fund this program, I… Read More

Ah Yes, Remember the “Accountability Act.”

Every now and then, info pops up about the Alabama Accountability Act.  (You remember the bill that was rushed through the legislature on Feb. 28, 2013 without knowledge of the state school superintendent or state school board.  The same one that has now diverted more than $70 million from the Education Trust Fund.) Anniston Star… Read More

Another Study Says Vouchers Do Not Work

  Plain and simple, the Alabama Accountability Act is a voucher program where the state OK’s using money that should be spent in public schools to be spent on private school scholarships. As a taxpayer, you can decide where your taxes are spent,  Instead of sending a check to the Alabama revenue department, you send… Read More