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Student ready to transfer schools if legislation becomes law

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Isaiah Haywood is a junior at Butler High School in Huntsville. Isaiah Haywood is a junior at Butler High School in Huntsville.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The real impact of the Alabama School Flexibility Act will not be known for weeks, if not months, but at least one Huntsville City Schools student is ready to leave his current high school. 

"When you're in the classroom you want to learn, but there's so many kids around that are off task and you're not able to," said Isaiah Haywood.

The teenager is a junior at Butler High School in Huntsville and has high aspirations for his future, something he believes could be better at a different high school

New legislation might grant Haywood his wish. Under the Alabama School Flexibility Act, a student will be allowed to transfer to a different school.

However, there are several factors that must be met. The student's original school must be deemed failing from the state, and the student must transfer to a non-failing school.

Parents are also eligible for a $4,200 tax credit if their child switches to a private school.

"Hopefully Butler High School doesn't get shut down because a lot of kids are going to go for that opportunity and go to another school," said Haywood.

The teenager admits his high school isn't horrible, but he believes the grass really is greener on the other side. He also believes this could be his only opportunity to achieve a goal he set years ago.

"I want to go to college for marketing," said Haywood. "I want to open my own business."

The Alabama Department of Education has not released a list of schools they consider failing.  

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