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Madison School Board wants Accountability Act gone

The school board passed a resolution asking legislators to do away with the law, unless they can make major changes to it. The school board passed a resolution asking legislators to do away with the law, unless they can make major changes to it.
MADISON, AL (WAFF) -

The Madison School Board is calling for an all out repeal of the Alabama Accountability Act.

The school board passed a resolution asking legislators to do away with the law, unless they can make major changes to it.

Board members say the new law, which gives tax breaks to benefit private schools, is bad for public schools.

They believe the tax credits that will be given to students who attend failing schools will take millions of dollars away from the education trust fund.

If making changes to the act is on the table, there are several they would like to see, especially when it comes to defining a "failing" school.

"We would like to see the state superintendent and the state school board of education be the ones to decide and define what a failing school is. We think that the current definition is problematic. We are also concerned there is no means test in the statute in terms of who can qualify for the tax credit," said school board member Ranae Bartlett.

The resolution has been sent to every state lawmaker.

Those lawmakers meet next week to discuss the education budget.

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