Tag: Alabama and school choice

‘A better experience’ awaits students fortunate to attend this Alabama community school

A little more than three years ago, Keemarius Thomas was a rudderless middle-schooler stuck in a hardscrabble Birmingham public school. Whatever his aspirations, his prospects seemed limited by history — his own, and his ancestors’ — and his ZIP code. “I had no idea back in my other school what[Read More…]

School choice ‘could be a lifeline’ for some Alabama students

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on yellowhammernews.com. After recently saying “I support school choice 100 percent,” Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth is once again making clear how much he supports more of these options for students in the Yellowhammer State. Friday on Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journal,” Ainsworth discussed school choice[Read More…]

School choice debate in Alabama continues ahead of school year

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on Alabama’s cbs42.com. As Tennessee becomes the latest state to implement a school voucher program, some state officials say it’s time for Alabama to do the same. LEAD Academy in Montgomery is one of Alabama’s 13 charter schools set to open its doors in[Read More…]

Alabama school choice advocates encouraged by SCOTUS ruling on funding

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday on aldailynewscom. School choice advocates in Alabama say they are encouraged by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on private and religious schools and state funding. The high court ruled 6-3 that it is unconstitutional for Maine’s K-12 tuition support program for private schools to[Read More…]

Alabama Catholic school will remain open after supporters rally to raise $450,000

An Alabama parochial school that played an important role in the nation’s civil rights movement and recently was threatened with closure now will stay open. Heart of Mary Catholic School, which has operated for 121 years in Mobile and serves primarily Black students, will continue to operate with an independent[Read More…]

podcastED: Software engineer shares how Alabama school choice scholarship helped him achieve success in education and life

On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Nick West, a Mobile, Alabama, resident who works for Siemens Digital Industries and is pursuing a doctorate at Purdue University. West, who attended private elementary and secondary schools, talks about how the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship program made it possible for[Read More…]

Alabama Senate approves increased tax credit for educational scholarships

Editor’s note: This article appeared this morning in the daily newsletter of the Energy Institute of Alabama. Sen. Dan Roberts, R-Mountain Brook, led legislation passed yesterday by the Alabama State Senate amending the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 to increase the income tax credit claimed by an Alabama taxpayer. “Since the Accountability[Read More…]

Will Alabama legislators make school choice a reality?

Editor’s note: This article appeared last weekend on reason.com. A comprehensive Alabama school choice bill is stalled in an Alabama Senate study group following objections from legislators and public school advocates. The Parent’s Choice Act, introduced by Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, would provide families with state-funded education savings accounts that could be used to[Read More…]