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 the #StoryOfTheDay A post shared by Choice Media (@choicemediatv) on Jan 15, 2019 at 2:17pm PST   View this post on Instagram   #Alabama Board…

J. Pepper Bryars: While hospitals help second trimester babies thrive, courts allow them to be butchered

A premature baby born at just 22-weeks was discharged a few months ago from the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile. In a touching video posted on AL.com, little Cullen Porter can be seen wearing a tiny black cap and gown on the way home, having “graduated” in August from the neonatal intensive care unit with “no major issues.” Three months later two other extremely premature babies were successfully discharged from Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children. One…

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 -- a value nearly four times the maximum fine for the underlying crime. Specifically, the court is looking at whether the state is subject to the…

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 is to blame when a school receives a failing grade? LISTEN:

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 their cash-strapped systems. But is this accurate? Truth is, Alabama is now collecting more money to educate fewer students. Overall, the statewide education budget has grown since…

HUNTSVILLE RADIO: Rachel and Dale defend Alabama Accountability Act scholarships for low-income families

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: