There are now 57 fewer private schools on the list of those approved to get vouchers for student tuition through the Alabama Accountability Act because of a lack of accreditation. Ten of them had been unaccredited since joining the program in 2013.
Today schools have three years to become accredited. As of June 11, five unaccredited schools are still on the list of participating non-public schools compiled by the Alabama Department of Revenue. They have yet to meet the three-year deadline.
AL.com has an extensive article about what is taking place. Go here.
At present the state shows there are seven scholarship granting organizations (SGO) in Alabama. However, as of the March 31, 2018 quarterly report for each, only four had active scholarship students. The largest, with 1,639 scholarships, is Scholarships for Kids in Birmingham. Next, with 1,593 students, is Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund, also in Birmingham. Two others only had a total of 101 scholarships as of March 31.
According to AL.com, AOSF had 135 students at schools being dropped for lack of accreditation. A spokesman for Scholarships For Kids said they only had eight.
Irony: Within the last few months, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, interim state superintendent Ed Richardson and new state superintendent Eric Mackey have been very outspoken concerning the possibility of the Montgomery school system losing accreditation However, none of them expressed concern that six non-accredited Montgomery private schools had 54 students on scholarships being paid for by money diverted from the state’s Education Trust Fund.
So if public school students go to non-accredited schools it is bad. But that standard must not apply to private schools