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ALABAMA ACCOUNTABILITY ACT

UNDERSTANDING THE

What is the Alabama Accountability Act?

The Alabama Accountability Act provides low­ income students opportunities unavailable before 2013.

The AAA reformed the public-education system of Alabama in several ways, but perhaps its most important reforms were the creation of scholarships for students and tax credits for parents­ both of which allow students to escape the state's worst schools.  

  • The AAA enables students in Alabama's worst-performing schools to receive a scholarship to cover the costs of attend­ing a better school.
  • Those scholarships are funded by private donations from individuals and corporations to Scholarship Granting Or­ganizations who receive a tax credit for their contribution.

33%

62%

11%

20%

% AFRICAN AMERICAN

% STUDENTS ZONED FOR FAILING SCHOOLS

% HISPANIC

% WHITE

$6,000

Maximum scholarship amount for elementary school students.

$10,000

$10,000 Maximum scholarship amount for high school students.  

$8,000

Maximum scholarship amount for middle school students.

Number of Scholarship Recipients by Year  

2013

2014

SPRING 2015

2015-16

2016-17

FALL 2017

7000

6000

5000

4000

3000

2000

1000

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Is there anything in the Alabama Accountability Act that could be improved?

The criticisms of the AAA as it currently stands are regularly used as a way to promote the end of the Act. To the careful observer, however, the crit­icisms are fair in pointing out potential changes to the Act, not the elimination of these programs that are offering many Alabamians a better education and future.

4,000+

Alabama students with AAA scholarships (2016-17)

HALF OF 1

%

of the Education Trust Fund

The Alabama Accountability Act is only

AAA Scholarships

Education Trust Fund (non-AAA)

$6.4 Billion

( total education trust fund)

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What are our neighboring states doing for their students?

Florida

  • Tax-credit scholarships for low-income students (like those in Alabama)
  • Scholarships for students who have been bullied or attacked at school
  • Education Savings Accounts and scholarship programs for students with special needs and disabilities

Georgia

  • Tax-credit scholarships for most students (88% of students qualify)
  • Special needs scholarship program (vouchers)  

Mississippi

  • Education Savings Accounts for students with special needs
  • School vouchers for students with speech-language ther­apy needs
  • Scholarships for students with dyslexia  

Tennessee

  • Individualized Education Accounts ( this program allows parents of students with special needs to use state funds for private education tuition, tutoring, and more)

Why should I support the Alabama Accountability Act?

The AAA has proven successful in taking students out of some of the most dangerous and underper­forming schools in the nation and putting them in environments that are not only academically chal­lenging, but safe. Many of Alabama's public schools are successful and academically rigorous. Most Alabamians, how-ever, do not live in the zip codes that these schools serve.

The AAA gives students in less-privileged zip codes the op­portunity to pursue a better educa­tion and therefore, a better future. The AAA also rights some of Al­abama's historic wrongs - specifi­cally the segregation of schools - as it broadly offers educational choice that was historically limited to the majority population.