The Dothan Eagle gets it. In a recent editorial the newspaper says the Alabama Accountability Act was legislation that “was dubious at the start.”
The editorial refers to the recent summary of scholarship granting organizations by the Alabama Deparment of Revenue as raising even more questions about this initiative. “Considering that the controversial AAA is clearly not being applied as the public was led to believe, coupled with the enduring notion that it suggests a sort of abandonment of public education by lawmakers, it’s time to reconsider this measure, its impact and its intent. There are better ways to improve education for Alabama’s public school students.”
Amen, amen, amen. Would that more newspapers around the state take such a stance.
It should be pointed out that in the final vote in the recent legislative session to adopt an amendment to the accountability act that increases the amount of money it will siphon from the education trust fund from $25 million to $30 million, all three senators from the Wiregrass (Republican Jimmy Holley, Independent Harri Anne Smith and Democrat Billy Beasley) voted no. The measure passed 18-14.