Statement on the Alabama Accountability Act

Statement on the Alabama Accountability Act

May 19, 2017

ExcelinEd in Action issued the following statement today on Senate Bill 123 – Alabama Accountability Act – which failed to pass the Alabama House of Representatives.

“Every child, regardless of zip code, deserves access to a quality education that prepares them for success in the classroom and in life. We are disappointed that legislation to expand educational opportunities for students failed to advance today in the Alabama House of Representatives.“We thank Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh for his leadership and encourage the legislature to recommit to Alabama’s students and ensure a quality education for all.” – J. Alex Kelly, National Legislative Director, ExcelinEd in Action

On February 23, the Alabama Senate passed Senate Bill 123, which would have expanded funding sources for the state’s tax-credit scholarship program and provides for other improvements.

In 2013, the Alabama Legislature passed the Alabama Accountability Act, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Marsh, creating the state’s first educational choice program. The program currently serves approximately 4,100 students.

A January 2017 analysis of the Alabama Accountability Act shows that tax credit scholarships result in financial savings for taxpayers. Nationwide, tax credit scholarship programs provide quality educational options for more than 230,000 of America’s neediest students.