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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HUNTSVILLE RADIO: Rachel Bryars discusses 4 Alabama Accountability Act myths

API Senior Fellow Rachel Blackmon Bryars recently joined Fred Holland on 105.3 and 1450 WTKI Talk Huntsville to tackle four of the biggest myths surrounding the Alabama Accountability Act and the tax-credit scholarships that help low-income students transfer into a different school: — Myth #1: Scholarships steal money from public schools — Myth #2: Even […]

Rachel Bryars: Four myths to dispel during Alabama School Choice Week

Gov. Kay Ivey recently proclaimed this “Alabama School Choice Week” and thousands of families are celebrating reforms created by the Alabama Accountability Act, including scholarships so low-income parents can transfer their children from under-performing schools. Critics of the program, however, will likely respond by repeating some of the many myths about the law. Here are four […]

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 […]

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The Gas Tax: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The increased gas tax became law this week amid much Goat Hill fanfare, reminding me of a Clint Eastwood line from an epic western: “I’ve never seen so many men wasted so badly.”   The Alabama Policy Institute has said for weeks that improved state infrastructure is important, but that conservative principles must guide the […]

HUNTSVILLE RADIO: Lawmakers should cut grocery taxes if they raise the gas tax

API senior fellow J. Pepper Bryars appeared on WVNN 92.5 in Huntsville over the weekend to discuss the gas tax increase in Alabama and how lawmakers should off-set the move with a tax decrease of equal value elsewhere. Bryars mentioned that cutting the grocery tax would be a popular move. “If they’re going to ask […]

MOBILE RADIO: Should Alabama pass a stand-alone gas tax?

API senior fellow J. Pepper Bryars joined Pete Riehm’s Common Sense Radio show on Mobile’s 106.5 FM Thursday to discuss why the state legislature should cut taxes elsewhere, possibly on groceries, while raising the gas tax for roads, bridges, and port improvements. “If they’re going to ask us to pay $300 more a year at […]

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HUNTSVILLE RADIO: Rachel Bryars discusses 4 Alabama Accountability Act myths

API Senior Fellow Rachel Blackmon Bryars recently joined Fred Holland on 105.3 and 1450 WTKI Talk Huntsville to tackle four of the biggest myths surrounding the Alabama Accountability Act and the tax-credit scholarships that help low-income students transfer into a different school: — Myth #1: Scholarships steal money from public schools — Myth #2: Even […]

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

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Statement on the Alabama Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act

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