What is School Choice?


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 School Choice?2020-01-30T19:40:44+00:00

Why Charter Schools?


Reimagining Education: One school, one classroom, one student at a time Charter schools are independently-operated public schools that have the freedom to design classrooms that meet their students’ needs. All charter schools operate under a contract with a charter school authorizer – usually a nonprofit organization, government agency, or university – that holds them accountable to the high standards outlined in their “charter.” It is common to see charter schools led by former teachers who wanted to take the lessons they learned in the classroom and apply those lessons to an entire school. Each of the more than 7,000 charter schools [...]

Why Charter Schools?2019-04-02T17:27:57+00:00



TEN THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A SCHOOL! Choosing the right school for your child can be an overwhelming prospect. After all, the choices you make early on can have a significant impact later. Elementary schools often feed to particular middle schools, which in turn feed to particular high schools. And once one sibling starts down an educational path, subsequent siblings are likely to follow. With open enrollment available in some form in every state — and with an increasingly broad range of other school choice options — families have more educational decisions to make than ever before. 1. HIGH EXPECTATIONS 2. ENGAGEMENT AND BUSY [...]

TEN THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A SCHOOL!2019-03-14T20:18:42+00:00

AAA Coalition


This new coalition marks one of the first collaborative efforts among various stake holders and advocacy groups in the fight for school choice in Alabama. For more information, visit #SchoolChoice The #AAACoalition is made up of: Alabama Policy Institute Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund Scholarships for Kids, Inc. Alabama Christian Education Association American Federation for Children Black Alabamians for Education Business Council of Alabama C2 Opportunity Scholarships Catholic Education Partners Catholic Schools Office Diocese of Birmingham Cornerstone Schools of Alabama EdChoice ExcelinEd in Action Lincoln Academy Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School Prichard Preparatory School

AAA Coalition2019-01-22T18:18:56+00:00

Huntsville City Schools gets a C on state report card; improved overall score from last year


Huntsville City Schools gets a C on state report card; improved overall score from last year HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville City Schools has four schools that received failing grades on the state’s report card. The district still received a C from the Alabama Department of Education, but their overall score improved by 7 points, moving from a 70 to 77. “We are continuously improving,” Christie Finley, Huntsville City Schools Superintendent, said. “That means we have to look at our data every day. It’s not waiting and then going back in to see what we can do differently. It’s looking at where we [...]

Huntsville City Schools gets a C on state report card; improved overall score from last year2019-01-03T20:51:17+00:00

Building a Win-Win with your child’s Teacher


Building a Win-Win with your child’s Teacher Step 1: PLAN THE BEST METHOD Demonstration: Write your child’s teacher a letter. Begin as soon as you can to get to know him or her. Waiting until the need for a parent/ teacher conference may be too late to make an encouraging impression with the teacher. Step 2: SET UP COMMON PARTICIPATION Let the teacher know that you are an involved and active parent. Detail in your letter what they can expect from you. Studies have shown that children with active parents who are engaged in their learning and have a relationship with [...]

Building a Win-Win with your child’s Teacher2018-12-13T17:29:09+00:00

Accountability Act scholarships going mostly to students of color, reports show


By Trisha Powell Crain | Though the Alabama Accountability Act has been around for five years now, little has been known about the students using the tax-credit scholarships other than their family’s income cannot exceed the threshold for a student to be eligible. Until now. While information on race and ethnicity of scholarship recipients is not required to be publicly reported, the state’s two largest scholarship granting organizations, the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund and Scholarships for Kids, agreed to provide that information to to analyze who is benefiting from the program and where recipients are zoned to attend [...]

Accountability Act scholarships going mostly to students of color, reports show2018-11-05T16:28:13+00:00

New Report Released: Leadership Matters


A+ was pleased to provide research support and consultation for Leadership Matters, the new report from the Business Education Alliance prepared by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama. As the report says in the Executive Summary: "Alabama public schools are producing more high school graduates, but more of them need to be graduating prepared for and connected to education and training beyond high school. Alabama's economy has the potential for impressive growth, but to capitalize on that potential, business and industry will need a new generation of better-educated Alabamians. To capitalize on this moment of opportunity for students and for Alabama's economy, creative and [...]

New Report Released: Leadership Matters2018-08-17T18:08:36+00:00

Meeting set to discuss schools, achievement gap


By Donna Thornton / Times Staff Writer Posted Jul 27, 2017 at 6:32 PM The Black Alabamians for Educational Opportunity will host a second community meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Downtown Civic Center to discuss Gadsden City Schools. The BAEO is the same organization that hosted a meeting July 6. BAEO founder Neonta Williams describes the meetings as “A Community Conversation Series: Education and Your Community.” Williams is a Litchfield graduate now working as an education advocate. At the July meeting, she presented test scores and talked about the achievement gap among black, white and Hispanic students. Williams said the first meeting brought together [...]

Meeting set to discuss schools, achievement gap2018-03-13T16:07:36+00:00

Gadsden schools’ scores higher than portrayed


By Donna Thornton / Times Staff Writer Posted Jul 23, 2017 at 4:12 PM Updated Jul 23, 2017 at 4:12 PM The Alabama Department of Education measures scores from the 2015-2016 ACT Aspire test in four categories: In need of support, close, ready and exceeding readiness. Information presented at a community meeting July 13 detailed some of Gadsden’s scores, painting a bleak picture of student readiness in math and reading. However, the numbers were pulled only from column three – the “ready” percentage. The percentage of student scores “exceeding” readiness was not mentioned. Leaving those numbers out makes a substantial difference in some grade levels and subjects, according to Gadsden City [...]

Gadsden schools’ scores higher than portrayed2018-03-13T16:04:26+00:00