Alabama School Choice Roadmap By: National School Choice Week Team Choosing a school? You’ve got options. Choosing where your child goes to school is one of the biggest decisions you face. While it may feel intimidating to navigate your school options in Alabama and make a choice, you can do it! And remember, every child is unique. So, the “best” school for your child may look different than the “best” school for your neighbor’s child. A good starting point for choosing a school is knowing your options. That’s why this post will break down the six main learning environments available in [...]
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by Tanesha Peeples June 10, 2022 Magic City Acceptance Academy, located in Homewood, Alabama, is the country’s first LGBTQ+ affirming charter school. The academy first opened its doors in 2021 with a mission to facilitate a community in which all learners are empowered to embrace education, achieve individual success, and take ownership of their future in a brave, LGBTQ-affirming learning environment. With 240 youth currently enrolled, the student body consists of young people who identify as trans, gay, straight, bisexual, queer and gender-neutral. Students report coming to the school seeking refuge from bullying and a space where they can be themselves. [...]
Public charter schools are tuition-free public schools that have the freedom to meet the unique needs of their students. In this video, we address three common myths you might have heard about these schools. Learn more about school choice at www.ExcelinEd.org/OLH
Unlike traditional public schools, public charter schools are run independently of school districts operating under a performance contract—or charter—with an authorizer. These entities are important, ensuring charter schools fulfill their mission. The most common public charter school authorizers are local school districts, which account for about 90 percent of all authorizers. The types of authorizers allowed vary by state law, and they can be a school district, the state, a university, or another approved entity. Learn more about charter schools at www.ExcelinEd.org/opportunity/charter-schools/
~ we are leaping into the year 2021 with motivation lead by Prosperity and Purpose! We are seeking to create more partnerships that will yield us the opportunity to expand our staff and deepen the footprint of our work across the state. We are incredibly excited to have received a $25,000.00 Grant from the Best Buy Foundation to launch “Closing the Gap Phase II”! Phase II is going to afford us the opportunity to purchase additional devices to give away to support remote/virtual learning, create safe space sites for students to access internet services and support families financially with in-home internet [...]
What Does School Choice Mean? The term “school choice” means giving parents the power and opportunity to choose the schools their children attend. Traditionally, children are assigned to a public school according to where they live. People of greater economic means already have school choice, because they can afford to move to an area with high quality public schools, or to enroll their children in private schools. Parents without such means, until recently, generally had no school choices, and had to send their children to the schools assigned to them by the district, regardless of the schools’ quality or appropriateness for [...]
Updated Sep 08, 2020; Posted Sep 08, 2020 By Trisha Powell Crain | firstname.lastname@example.org Alabama families waiting for vouchers to cover internet service should find them in their mailboxes not later than the end of this week, according to the agency handling the voucher program, called Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students. “As of (Sept. 4), all 250,000 letters have been mailed out to families with children enrolled in the National School Lunch Program but it will take a few days for all of them to land in mailboxes,” according to Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Communication Chief Mike Presley. [...]
WHAT IS SCHOOL CHOICE? School choice is the process of allowing every family to choose the K-12 educational options that best fit their children. These options include all forms of education, from traditional public schools, to public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling. Every child deserves an effective, challenging, and motivating education. Because each student has their own unique set of talents, interests, and challenges, a variety of options in education is crucial. School choice ensures that each student can find a learning environment that allows them to be inspired, successful, and happy. Types of Schools [...]
What Is A Charter School? Charter Schools are schools of choice: choice to parents, students, teachers, and administrators. Parents and students get to choose to enroll in a school that may offer a unique learning environment, such as a school whose science classes are conducted in the field, or offer alternative learning methodologies, such as a specialization in arts education. Teachers and administrators have more authority to make decisions than most traditional public schools. Basically, these schools are free from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. Charter schools tend to be small schools, with a median enrollment [...]