LISTEN: Alabama Accountability Act scholarships for low-income families defended on Huntsville radio

Alabama Policy Institute Senior Fellow Rachel Blackmon Bryars appeared on Huntsville's top-rated WVNN Newstalk 92.5 FM's The Dale Jackson Show to talk about the unfortunate and outrageous way a state school board member characterized the landmark tax credit scholarship program created by the Alabama Accountability Act. Listen to Rachel and Dale's segment here: And to Dale's segment with a teacher who takes issue with who receives the scholarships:

LISTEN: API Fellow Rachel Bryars responds to outrageous comments from school board member on Birmingham radio

Rachel Blackmon Bryars, senior fellow with the Alabama Policy Institute, recently appeared on the Matt & Aunie show on 99.5 FM in Birmingham to discuss school choice in Alabama and the outrageous words a state school board member used to describe the scholarship program that serves mostly minorities. Listen to the interview here:

Rachel Bryars: Alabama board of education member says school choice part of an effort ‘to destroy a whole race of people’

Alabama board of education member Ella Bell, D-Montgomery, spoke out during a work session Thursday claiming that Alabama’s landmark tax credit scholarship program for low-income families was part of an effort to “destroy a whole race of people.” “They took money from the poorest counties in the state to send kids to private school,” Bell claimed, after accusing the program of “stealing” from the state. “That’s just awful.” WATCH: Beginning at the 40 min. mark Trouble is, that’s just not true.…

Officials claiming voter suppression in Alabama are crying wolf

We need words to mean things. The phrase “fake news” has been so widely applied that it’s now essentially meaningless, other than identifying those who would rather dismiss than deal with an argument or evidence challenging their conclusions. The extremely important phrase “voter suppression” is now also tittering on the edge of meaninglessness, thanks in part to the ill-considered efforts of some in the Huntsville area. They’re exaggerating the impact of the routine process that Alabama uses to mail voter…

API’s 2018 Election Headquarters

Find API's candidate questionnaires, our Guide to the Issues on the proposed constitutional amendments, and our op-eds on this election cycle here. Candidate Questionnaires  Governor Governor Kay Ivey (R): https://www.alabamapolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/KAY-IVEY-Gubernatorial-Candidate-Questionnaire.pdf Mayor Walt Maddox (D): https://www.alabamapolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/API-Yellowhammer-News-Questionnaire-Maddox.pdf Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth (R): https://www.alabamapolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2018-Lieutenant-Governor-Questionnaire_Ainsworth-FINAL.pdf Will Boyd (D): https://www.alabamapolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/BOYD.pdf Attorney General Steve Marshall (R): https://www.alabamapolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Attorney-General-Questionnaire-2018-AG-Steve-Marshall.pdf Joe Siegelman (D): Declined questionnaire State Legislators Some state legislators elected to answer API's questionnaires. You can find all the legislative questionnaires we received by clicking HERE. Constitutional Amendments: Guide to the Issues 2018…

UAB research shows ‘explosive growth’ of anti-Semitism online and we must confront it

This opinion column appeared on AL.com New research coming out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham detailing an “explosive growth” of anti-Semitism online should be a wake-up call for everyone, particularly after last weekend’s shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Conservatives should be especially concerned because even though these uninvited bigots are relatively few, they have indeed glommed on the fringes of our movement and must be shaken off before they do lasting damage. I know what my fellow conservatives…

Helen Keller debate in Texas proves a national curriculum would be disastrous

Every hometown has its hero and every cause its champion. They’re all worth remembering to someone, somewhere. But imagine if the federal government mandated that every child, everywhere, had to learn about all of them as part of a national curriculum. That’d be absurdly impractical. Some faceless and unaccountable bureaucracy, or worse, Congress, would have to decide who gets cut. Can you imagine how much we’d fight about that? Well, look no further for a real-world example of this potential…