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MPS officials implement Alabama Accountability Act

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Montgomery Public School officials report everything is running smoothly as they implement Alabama's new accountability act.

If you're the parent of a child in a failing school, MPS administrators say you should have no trouble going through the process of transferring your child.

They say it hasn't changed much from previous years when students were allowed to transfer from schools that failed AYP.

But there's one thing you should know before the school year starts.

"It's a first come, first served basis based on availability," says MPS Superintendent Barbara Thompson.

There are seven Montgomery public schools on the State Department of Education's list of failing schools--Bellingrath Middle, Brewbaker Middle, Capitol Heights Middle, Goodwyn Middle, Southlawn Middle, McKee Middle and Floyd Elementary.

Thompson says once non-failing schools fill up, kids from the failing ones can't transfer.

"Probably will give parents back answers next week in terms of the slots that are available."

She says the process is similar to other years when parents were notified their child's school failed AYP.

Letters went out then giving parents the option to transfer students.

"Choice has always been there...I guess this just accentuates it for people," says Thompson.

So far administrators have received roughly 160 transfer requests as a result of the accountability act.

"That's a little less than in previous years, actually."

Superintendent Thompson doesn't expect an influx of requests between now and August 1st.

But when it comes to the failing middle schools, she's giving them a lot of attention since she says middle schools struggle to succeed nationwide.

There have been multiple programs implemented in these schools to keep students engaged.

She hopes to see the fruits of those programs in the coming years.

Thompson says students are allowed to transfer to the magnet middle schools if they meet the program's requirements. She expects some to be accepted.

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