A few days ago a group calling themselves USA Academy plan to start a football program in Elmore County and attach a “school” to it. As one friend told me, “Normally we have schools looking for football teams, but this is a football team looking for a school.”
Even in football-crazed Alabama, this development is more than “over-the-top.”
You can read all about this venture in this piece by Josh Bean, with AL.com.
The football program will be run by Rush Propst, a very successful high school coach in Alabama and Georgia, and someone who has been more than a little controversial throughout his career.
Supposedly the primary purpose will be to produce high school players who can readily find college teams to play for.
Here is the part of Bean’s article that most caught my attention:
“Will in-state students be eligible to receive Accountability scholarships?
The Alabama Accountability Act, originally passed in 2013 by the state Legislature, allows taxpayers to donate to scholarship granting organizations, known as SGOs. The SGOs distribute scholarships to low-income students in kindergarten through 12th grade to use in participating schools.
DeVaughn said in-state USA Academy students will be able to access Accountability scholarships. In addition, he said he’s already spoken to two scholarship granting organizations and received positive feedback and confirmed the school also plans to create its own scholarship granting organization.
Scholarship students using tax credit scholarships must take standardized tests in English language arts and math, and they must take the ACT college entrance exam before graduating.”
Isn’t this program that has diverted $155 million from the Education Trust Fund all about helping “poor kids stuck in failing schools by their zip code?” After all, this is what the public has been told over and over and over again since the Accountability Act was passed in 2013.
And certainly no one would ever dare deceive the good taxpayers of Alabama.