Five area schools declared as ‘failing’

Published 10:29 am Tuesday, June 18, 2013

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Department of Education released the list of “failing” schools Tuesday in Montgomery, indicating the schools where parents are eligible for a state income tax credit that can be used to send their child to a private school.

Among the list are four schools in the Dallas County School System, while one school in the Selma City School System is on the list.

In the Dallas County system, Brantley Elementary, Keith Middle-High School, Southside High School and Tipton-Durant Middle School were listed as failing schools.

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In Selma, R.B. Hudson Middle School was listed as a failing school.

During Tuesday’s press conference, Superintendent Tommy Bice, unveiled the list of 78 schools that had fallen to the standards established by the Alabama Legislature in creating what is known as the Alabama Accountability Act.

The tax credit, which has been estimated to be $3,500 per year per child, can be used to pay for tuition for private school or any non-failing public school.

Check back for more details on the list and reaction from city and county school leaders.