As we bring down the curtain on this week, I am happy to report that a grand total of SIX school boards passed a resolution this week calling for repeal of the Alabama Accountability Act.
They were: Houston, Bibb, Henry and Marion counties and the city systems of Leeds and Winfield.
That is a total of 13 superintendents and school boards who have now publicly said they are willing to fight for their students and against the continuing diversion of money that should be going to the Education Trust Fund, but is going to private school scholarships instead.
This means that systems with 24 percent of ALL the students in public schools have rejected AAA. Equally as impressive is that there are 47 House members and 25 Senators who represent some or all of one of these school districts. Since all politics is local, that is significant.
As we’ve said before, questions about AAA are plentiful. For instance, reports on the Revenue Department web site from scholarship granting organizations show in the last six years, they have collected $145,003,649 in donation–but have only awarded $90,757,820 in scholarships. Where is the difference of $54,245,820?
And why do we have a double standard for how we treat charitable contributions.?
The Revenue Department, as well as CPAs I trust, have confirmed that contributions to scholarship granting organizations are the ONLY category of non-profit where a donor gets a dollar for dollar tax CREDIT on their state income tax, while all others only get a tax DONATION.
That is huge. Why don’t we treat SGO donations just like we do those given to churches, Boy Scouts, United Way, etc.? In essence, the state of Alabama is paying for all SGO donations because the donor’s income tax is reduced by the amount of the donation. How many preachers wish their congregation’s tithes were treated the same way?
Thankfully more and more school boards are understanding the AAA is a dead end for public schools.
And stay tuned. More repeal resolutions are on the way.