Few Private School Transfers Expected, Even with Alabama Tax Credits

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By Alabama News Network

The leaders of two Alabama private school organizations don't expect many new students to apply in the wake of a law providing tax credits for students transferring from failing schools.

The executive director of the Alabama Christian Education Association, Robin Mears, said he expects less than 100 transfers to his member schools. The executive director of the Alabama Independent School Association, Randy Skipper, said he hasn't heard about any students inquiring about transferring.

They cited two reasons. The list of 78 failing schools is shorter than many originally anticipated. Middle schools make up much of the list, but there are few high schools. Mears questioned whether parents would move their children from a failing middle school to a private school if the tax credit wouldn't be available for high school.

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