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

Limestone superintendent speaks out on Accountability Act

Dr. Thomas Sisk, Limestone County Superintendent Dr. Thomas Sisk, Limestone County Superintendent
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.

  • NewsMore>>

  • FAA orders more engine inspections after Southwest accident

    FAA orders more engine inspections after Southwest accident

    Friday, April 20 2018 4:53 PM EDT2018-04-20 20:53:41 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 8:10 PM EDT2018-04-21 00:10:07 GMT
    (NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...(NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...
    The manufacturer of the jet engine involved in a fatal Southwest Airlines accident Tuesday wants more jets to be inspected for potential problems.More >>
    The manufacturer of the jet engine involved in a fatal Southwest Airlines accident Tuesday wants more jets to be inspected for potential problems.More >>
  • In new walkouts, students look to turn outrage to action

    In new walkouts, students look to turn outrage to action

    Friday, April 20 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-04-20 04:26:49 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 8:08 PM EDT2018-04-21 00:08:35 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this March 14, 2018 file photo, young demonstrators hold a rally in front of the White House in Washington. Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gu...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this March 14, 2018 file photo, young demonstrators hold a rally in front of the White House in Washington. Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gu...

    Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gun control.

    More >>

    Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gun control.

    More >>
  • Leak crackdown talk yields rare Comey, Trump agreement

    Leak crackdown talk yields rare Comey, Trump agreement

    Friday, April 20 2018 1:03 AM EDT2018-04-20 05:03:06 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 8:07 PM EDT2018-04-21 00:07:43 GMT
    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh). Copies of the memos written by former FBI Director James Comey are photographed in Washington, Thursday, April 19, 2018. President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment...(AP Photo/Susan Walsh). Copies of the memos written by former FBI Director James Comey are photographed in Washington, Thursday, April 19, 2018. President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment...

    President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

    More >>

    President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly