The Alabama Accountability Act creates education flexibility from certain state requirements for existing public schools, establishes a tax credit scholarship program, and institutes refundable tax credits for parents of students in failing K-12 public schools. The Accountability Act brings Alabama in line with 12 other states that provide educational tax credits and tax credit scholarships. The Accountability Act is a significant step towards improving the educational outcomes of students in failing schools.

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Has the Magic City Become the Tragic City?

Leadership matters. The tone and tenor of a policy are often the reflection of the leader who presided over the period in which that policy took effect. And leadership matters the most, becomes most visible, and is looked to by others more often when crisis looms. Noted author and lecturer Victor Davis Hanson said that […]

The Need for Education Reform Didn’t Die with the Defeat of Amendment One

When voters defeat a proposed state amendment, it is often thought that the matter is put to rest. That is often the case, but when Alabama’s voters went to the polls in March and shot down a proposal to replace the elected state board of education in favor of one appointed by the governor, they […]

Balancing Rights and Love of Neighbor

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has announced that our state is moving into an initial phase of economic recovery, known as “Safer at Home.” It relaxes restrictions on many businesses while keeping others, like restaurants, heavily limited for now. The hope is that all businesses will be allowed to resume a modified type of operation shortly. […]

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This Back To School Season, Families Should Decide

Parents and other observers have many understandable questions about how their local school districts are responding to the challenges presented by COVID-19. At this juncture, I don’t think it’s helpful to lay much blame on anyone. There will be plenty of time for that in the future, and when the dust settles, we’re likely to […]

API President’s Statement Opposing Governor’s “Masks in Class” Mandate

Birmingham, Ala. – Today (July 29, 2020), Alabama Policy Institute President Caleb Crosby released the following statement in response to Governor Kay Ivey’s amended “Safer at Home Order” that purports to require masks in Alabama classrooms. “Governor Ivey’s ‘masks in class’ order goes too far, is unenforceable, and burdensome to the students and teachers of our […]

To Educate Our Children

Children often bear the worst of our challenges, and our disagreements. When Alabama public schools shut down in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, we saw (again) that the promise of education is not equally available to all young people. Many government-run school administrators were unable to deliver education to the children within their districts. At […]

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Alabama Policy Institute Submits Report to the Governor’s Special Task Force on Reopening the Economy, highlights Constitutional Freedom, and the Role of the Alabama Department of Labor

Birmingham, Ala. – Today the Alabama Policy Institute (API) submitted to the Governor’s Special Task Force on Reopening the Economy a report (“Healthy Citizenry, Healthy Economy, Healthy Society”) detailing two important factors related to returning to normalcy after the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to a request from Senate President Pro tempore Del Marsh, a member […]

For Whom the Bridge Tolls

If you’ve followed the news lately you could not have missed the fact that there has been a kerfluffle of the highest order near the Alabama coastline. Like a scene from the old fairy tale, the Three Billy Goats Gruff, the local populace has thrown the “bridge trolls” into the bay and seemingly defeated the infamous toll payments that were at issue. The difference between our coastal brethren and sistren and the Goats is that the Goats got a bridge out of it.

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Our Evaluation of Michael Sentance

The Alabama State Board of Education will meet tomorrow in Montgomery for a special meeting abruptly called last week. The stated purpose is to evaluate Superintendent Michael Sentance. The rumored purpose is to fire him. We trust that the latter is just that—a rumor—as there is absolutely no justification for firing Mr. Sentance. Indeed, allow […]

API Joins National Coalition of Education Choice Advocates and Releases Letter Applauding Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

Letter Encourages Trump Administration to Champion Constitutionally Focused Education Choice Agenda Yesterday, Alabama Policy Institute (API) joined 12 other leading state and national organizations in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos praising her outspoken commitment to parental choice in education. The letter outlines the importance of state-led efforts on education choice, emphasizing […]

Statement on the Alabama Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act

The Alabama Pro-Life Coalition (APLC) commends Governor Kay Ivey for signing the Alabama Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act into law on May 3, 2017. By her signature, the rights of religion based adoption agencies are protected. APLC also commends the sponsors of the legislation, Senator Bill Hightower (R-Mobile) and Representative Rich Wingo (R-Tuscaloosa). Their understanding, […]