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State Postpones Announcement of Failing Schools List Under the Alabama Accountability Act

By: AL.com
By: AL.com

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- The Department of Education has postponed Thursday's anticipated announcement of the list of schools designated as failing under the Alabama Accountability Act.

The department, in a statement, indicated the announcement was being postponed because there was a "legal inquiry" that had to be answered before the list was finalized.

Malissa Valdes-Hubert, a spokeswoman for the department, said they could offer no additional details about the nature of the legal inquiry at this time.

The announcement has now been tentatively set for June 18 at 10 a.m.

State education and revenue officials are trying to sort out the regulations of the contentious school choice law approved this legislative session.

The new law will give tax credits -- estimated at $3,500 per year per child -- to parents to help transfer their children out of schools labeled as failing under the law. The tax credits can be used to pay tuition at a private school or a non-failing public school.

The Alabama Accountability Act defines a ‘failing school’ as one that has been designated as failing by the State Superintendent of Education or until June of 2017 listed three or more times in the last six years in the bottom 6 percent of performance on the state standardized tests in reading and math.

After June of 2017, new Florida-style school report cards will replace the assessments for deciding failing status. A school will be considered failing if receives an “F” grade or three “D’s” in the previous four years.


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