State Department of Education's Analysis of the
Alabama Accountability Act of 2013
The mission of Alabama's public school system has always been and will forever be to provide all of Alabama's children access to a quality education and to prepare them for college, work, and a future of their choosing.
The vast majority of our schools are meeting this challenge, and Alabama's academic outcomes are at their highest level in history. Regretfully, however, meeting that mission has not always been a reality for some students, for a variety of reasons that we must own collectively as a state. We must work collaboratively to ensure those impediments no longer exist.
The Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 passed by the House and Senate poses two distinctly different concepts:
1. Flexibility supported openly as a catalyst for innovation and reform.
2. A tax credit tuition concept for student choice that contains yet-to-be-determined financial implications for the Education Trust Fund.
We are in the process of carefully reviewing the current legislation for which the State Board of Education/State Department of Education is charged with promulgating regulations. The following areas of concern are the most predominant findings at this point in our review.