78 Alabama schools are defined as failing by the Alabama Accountability Act. This means students at those schools can attend out of district schools and private schools in the area.
There are 4 schools in our area that are on the list of failing Alabama schools.
State School Superintendent Tommy Bice says if parents don't want their children to attend these schools they have options.
Students at failing Alabama schools can attend other schools in the area or receive a $3,500 dollar tax credit for private schools. Superintendent Tommy Bice says there are 3 types of schools on the list.
"We have schools on that list that have shown a negative trajectory over the last 6 years which are the schools we should be more concerned with," says Bice.
Bice says other schools have shown no change and some are actually improving but are still on the list.
"Taking them off the list would be illegal because regulations can't trump law," says Bice.
Russell County Middle School is one of four schools in our area that are on the failing schools list.
Barbour County Junior High, Lafayette Eastside Elementary, and John P. Powell Middle are the others.
Bice says middle schools make up a majority of the list. He says the state will work to improve all of the failing schools.
"We will work aggressively on the schools that have shown a negative trajectory or no change over the last several years, and we will support schools that are showing a positive trajectory."
We reached out to the Russell County Superintendent to see how this list would affect the students at Russell County Middle School but haven't heard back from him yet.
Schools are considered failing if they have been in the lowest 6% of schools at least 3 of the past 6 years.
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