Limestone superintendent speaks out on Accountability Act - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Limestone superintendent speaks out on Accountability Act

Posted: Updated:
Dr. Thomas Sisk, Limestone County Superintendent Dr. Thomas Sisk, Limestone County Superintendent
  • More newsMore>>

  • Family of slain USA student Gil Collar loses home in house fire

    Family of slain USA student Gil Collar loses home in house fire

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-09-01 14:04:13 GMT
    The family of Gil Collar, the University of South Alabama student who was shot and killed on campus in October of 2012, are picking up the pieces after losing their home in a house fire.More >>
    The family of Gil Collar, the University of South Alabama student who was shot and killed on campus in October of 2012, are picking up the pieces after losing their home in a house fire.More >>
  • Israeli children return to school after Gaza war

    Israeli children return to school after Gaza war

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:19 AM EDT2014-09-01 13:19:31 GMT
    Thousands of Israeli children in areas near the Gaza Strip went back to school Monday after spending the summer in bomb shelters as rockets and mortars rained on their communities during the 50-day Israel-Hamas...More >>
    Thousands of Israeli children in areas near the Gaza Strip went back to school Monday after spending the summer in bomb shelters as rockets and mortars rained on their communities during the 50-day Israel-Hamas war, while...More >>
  • Casting call held in Opelika

    Casting call held in Opelika

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:09 AM EDT2014-09-01 13:09:25 GMT
    Opelikans of all ages came out to audition for the movie "White Water" on Sunday.           "I've been acting at a lot at school and home and at my church too. Really getting ready for things I wouldMore >>
    Opelikans of all ages came out to audition for the movie "White Water" on Sunday.           "I've been acting at a lot at school and home and at my church too. Really getting ready for things I wouldMore >>
LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Limestone County Superintendent Dr. Thomas Sisk said he was looking forward to the leeway his district would receive under the School Flexibility Bill. That was before Republican state lawmakers changed it into the Accountability Act, and changed the main purpose of the legislation.

The Flexibility Bill aimed to allow local school boards the ability to petition the Alabama Education Department for changes, such as hiring and classroom curriculums. The flexibility part was included in the Accountability Act, but the primary purpose of the legislation changed.

The bill, signed into law by Governor Robert Bentley, now allows a $3,500 tax credit for students who attend failing schools to transfer to private or better schools. If a school loses students, it loses funding, something Sisk said his district cannot afford.

"If a hundred kids, a hundred kids out of that 9,100 decided or qualified to go to a private school and received those tax tuition dollars, that would be $350,000. That would cost me seven teacher units. I can't make that money up," Sisk said.

Tanner High School was one of more than 200 failing Alabama schools on a list circulated by lawmakers. The list isn't official, and the superintendent said he does not believe Tanner is a failing school.

"Met 24 of the 25 AYP standards and showed up on one of these lists that circulated," Sisk said.

He added that his biggest concern is that education leaders were never told what was going to be in the finished bill.

"If your top educational minds, your top leadership, your state superintendent doesn't even know what's in it, you've got to wonder what's the motivation. And I don't know what that is," Sisk said.

The Alabama Department of Education will determine which schools are failing. Criteria for what constitutes a failing school has not been released yet.

Copyright 2013 WAFF. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow