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.
Polling Place Distirct 1A
WALTON PARK RECREATION CENTER - 122 WALTON PARK DRIVE
Polling Place District 1B
ANDREW BELLE COMMUNITY CENTER - 1270 LAKE STREET
Polling Place District 2A
ROY DRIGGERS BUILDING (CIVIC CENTER) - 126 N. ST. ANDREWS STREET
Polling Place District 2B
WIREGRASS RECREATION CENTER - 620 6TH AVENUE
Polling Place District 3A
HOUSTON COUNTY FARM CENTER - 1701 E. COTTONWOOD ROAD
Polling Place District 3B
NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY - 1842 3RD AVENUE
Polling Place District 4A
DOTHAN UTILITIES COMPLEX - 200 KILGORE DRIVE
Polling Place District 4B
DOUG TEW RECREATION CENTER - 300 GARLAND STREET
Polling Place District 5A
WESTGATE RECREATION CENTER - 501 RECREATION ROAD
Polling Place District 5B
WESLEY MANOR RETIREMENT CENTER - 718 HONEYSUCKLE ROAD
Polling Place District 6A
VAUGHN-BLUMBER CENTER - 2715 FLYNN ROAD
Polling Place District 6B
WIREGRASS COMMONS MALL COMMUNITY ROOM - 900 COMMONS DRIVE