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4 Responses to Alabama’s New School Choice Bill

  1. Elizabeth

    March 1, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    the $8,000-odd number you used as per-pupil expenditures includes local funding, the state share is actually closer to $5,000.

    This bill is a baby step for most states, but it’s a HUGE step for us in AL.

  2. Geofree Choicer

    March 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you, Elizabeth. Yes, funding numbers are notoriously difficult to pin down, and federal contributions make it a nebulous three-headed monster, but it’s that 80% that is the most interesting. We’re very happy for Alabama, and we see a tremendous opportunity there. Kudos!

  3. Brenda Eubanks

    March 4, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I have a question. If a low encome, single parent has been paying out of district fees for her daughter to attend a better school with advanced classes, does the school choice apply? The child is in junior high and on the free/reduced lunch program. I do not know if the school in her district is a failing school, but it does not provide the quality of classes the child needs as gifted student. Thanks…

  4. Geofree Choicer

    March 5, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Hi Brenda, if the student is zoned for a failing school, then it appears the parent would qualify for the tax credit (which some are saying is as low as $3,553 now).

    See if her zoned school is on the list at the link below, which is a snapshot of Alabama’s 2012 failing schools (note: people have complained of errors on the list because of old data, but it’s close enough until they release a revised one):

    http://blog.al.com/wire/2013/03/what_schools_will_be_labeled_a.html

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