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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Alabama Accountability Act coalition members guest host Choice Media TV’s Story of the Day

Check out some of the Alabama Coalition for Educational Freedom members guest hosting Choice Media TV‘s Story of the Day, including API Senior Fellow Rachel Blackmon Bryars:   View this post on Instagram   “Family Files Lawsuit, Claims Son Criminally Charged for School Fight Was Just Defending Himself against Bullies” – @RBryars from @AlabamaPolicy has […]

MONTGOMERY RADIO: Do Alabama public schools have enough money? Should Alabama Accountability Act scholarships remain?

Alabama Policy Institute Senior Fellow Rachel Blackmon Bryars engaged in a friendly debate with Kevin Elkins on Montgomery’s News Radio 1440 WLWI this week discussing: — Do Alabama public schools have enough funding? — Should low-income students receive Alabama Accountability Act tax-credit scholarships to transfer to a school they are not zoned for? — Who […]

Rachel Bryars: School boards are choosing systems over students by calling for scholarship repeal

Boards representing three of the state’s largest public school systems – Mobile, Baldwin and Montgomery counties – recently passed resolutions calling for a repeal of Alabama’s landmark tax credit scholarships for low-income families. They claim that the small yet popular program created in 2013 by the Alabama Accountability Act has “caused harm to the financial wellbeing” of […]

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Learning fiscal responsibility from the fall of MoviePass

One year ago, a relatively-unknown company announced that, for a monthly fee of $9.95, subscribers could see one movie a day without paying anything at the box office. That’s right – even though the average movie ticket in the U.S. is $9 – a $9.95 monthly subscription could get you into 31 movies. Since last […]

Tax Incentives: Not Always the Answer for Alabama’s Economic Struggles

Last month, the state rejoiced with news that Alabama would be the home of a new Toyota-Mazda plant. The plant is expected to bring over 4,000 jobs and billions of dollars in net revenue to the state. With the execution of this deal, known as Project New World, state and local governments will give the […]

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HUNTSVILLE RADIO: Alabama should shine the light on asset forfeiture

API Senior Fellow J. Pepper Bryars recently discussed civil asset forfeiture on the Fred Holland Show, 105.3 FM WTKI in Huntsville. The two spent an hour discussing the issue, including how it’s done in Alabama, its pros and cons, and why law enforcement should make the process more easily available to public scrutiny. Listen to […]

While the Supreme Court deliberates, Alabama should shine the light on asset forfeiture

The U.S. Supreme Court recently signaled that it’s ready to limit the government’s power to confiscate things like cars, houses, and cash that prosecutors have proven, or maybe just reasonably suspect, were involved in crimes. The court heard oral arguments related to Indiana’s use of the power, known as asset forfeiture, to confiscate a $42,000 vehicle — […]

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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, […]