UPDATE: Changes were made to the AAA in June 2015. Here’s the link to the update.
The Alabama Accountability Act (AAA) is nothing if not controversial. The Flexibility/Tax Credit/School Choice bill is used as a club by various political groups to beat up on their opponent, whoever that may be.
It has been an equal-opportunity hammer, used by all sides (because there are more than two sides) to point out what most claim to be at the forefront of their agendas: Alabama is not doing a good enough job of educating our children.
The reasons that each side uses to explain why that is provide the perspective through which each side views the AAA.
Since the passage of the AAA in February 2013, there has been a whole lot of information floating around. Some is accurate, and some not so much.
With the Alabama Supreme Court considering whether the AAA will stand, it might be helpful to get familiar with the various parts of the AAA.
Here is a presentation of just the basics.
Alabama Accountability Act – The Basics
The “Failing” Schools List
Tax Credits, Generally
About Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs)
About Parent Tax Credits
Non-Public Participating Schools – Things to Consider
The Flexibility Option
For Further Reading….
Alabama School Connection articles about various pieces of the Alabama Accountability Act.