Alabama Department of Education delays release of ‘failing schools’ list

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State Superintendent Tommy Bice in Montgomery on Aug. 9, 2012.  (Montgomery Advertiser, Brian Lyman)

State Superintendent Tommy Bice in Montgomery on Aug. 9, 2012. (Montgomery Advertiser, Brian Lyman)

The Alabama Department of Education Wednesday postponed the release of a list of schools that would be considered failing under the Alabama Accountability Act.

Michael Sibley, a spokesman for the Department, said officials had received a “legal inquiry” over the Accountability Act, “which must be addressed prior to the finalization of the list of failing schools and our regulations,” he said. “This will result in a delay of tomorrow’s expected release.”

Sibley declined to discuss the nature of the “legal inquiry.” The list is now scheduled for release on Tuesday morning.

The Accountability Act defines a “failing school” as one designated as such by the State Superintendent, or one that has been in the bottom six percent of state standardized testing for at least three of the previous six years. Under the terms of the act, families in that school could apply for a tax credit equal to 80 percent of the cost of educating the student, which could be applied to transfers to a nonfailing public school or a private institution.

– posted by Brian Lyman

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