29 Central Alabama schools deemed failing

Dr. Tommy Bice, Superintendent, Alabama Board of Education. (Alabama State Department of Education Photo)

The Alabama Department of Education just released a list of 78 failing schools under the Alabama Accountability Act. Of those, 29 are in Central Alabama- 11 within the Birmingham City Schools district.

The list includes:

Anniston Middle School in Anniston City

Bush Middle School, Center Street Middle, Green Acres Middle School, Hayes K-8, Hill Elementary School, Martha Gaskins Middle School, WE Putnam Middle School, Ossie Ware Mitchell Middle School, Robinson Elementary School, Arrington Middle School and Wylam K-8 in Birmingham City

Cullman Child Development Center in Cullman County

Forest Hills Middle School in Fairfield City

Litchfield Middle Schools in Gadsden City

Greene County High School and Carver Middle School in Greene County

Greensboro High School in Hale County

Brighton Middle School and Center Point High School in Jefferson County

Midfield High School in Midfield City

Pickens County High School in Pickens County

Linda Nolen Learning Center in Shelby County

Zora Ellis Junior High School in Talladega City

Tarrant Middle School in Tarrant City

Martin L King Jr Elementary School, Central High School and Westlawn Middle School in Tuscaloosa City

Davis-Emerson Middle School in Tuscaloosa County

The state took a look at reading and math scores over the last six years. Some of the schools did show improvement; however, State Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice says they couldn't be pulled off the list because those schools had been in the bottom six percent for several years.

The Alabama Accountability Act was passed to give schools greater flexibility. Part of it allows for students to transfer out of schools deemed failing. Those transferring students are eligible for a tax credit to help cover private school tuition.

The act was amended to allow public schools the option of accepting transferring students.

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