24 Birmingham schools on HB 84's 'failing' list - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

24 Birmingham schools on HB 84's 'failing' list

Parker High School is one of the schools listed as "failing" on a list created in support of HB 84, or the Accountability Act. Source: WBRC video Parker High School is one of the schools listed as "failing" on a list created in support of HB 84, or the Accountability Act. Source: WBRC video
Jackson-Olin High School is another Birmingham school on the "failing" list. Source: WBRC video Jackson-Olin High School is another Birmingham school on the "failing" list. Source: WBRC video
This is the criteria the Alabama Accountability Act used to determine which schools were "failing." This is the criteria the Alabama Accountability Act used to determine which schools were "failing."
FOX6 News Reporter Alan Collins speaks with Birmingham school board member Brian Giattina about the "failing schools" list. Source: WBRC video FOX6 News Reporter Alan Collins speaks with Birmingham school board member Brian Giattina about the "failing schools" list. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A total of 24 Birmingham schools made a failing school list that was created in support of passing the Alabama Accountability Act, or HB 84, in the state legislature.

Republican lawmakers had the list created based on some data from the Alabama Department of Education. The department denies any credibility of the list since they did not create the list.

Parker High School was on the list as was Jackson Olin, Carver and Wenonah High Schools. One Birmingham school board member, Brian Giattina, questions the list.

"I don't believe it accurately reflects the condition of our schools and some of the information is is several years old," Giattina said.

Alabama School Superintendent Tommy Bice is working on a new grading system for all Alabama schools as required by a state law that passed last year.

Under the Alabama Accountability Act, a failing school system would have to meet a certain criteria:

1. Labled as low performing by the State Department of Education

2. Listed in the lowest 10 percent of test scores for math and reading

3. Schools that earned an "F" or three consecutive "D"s

4. State School Superintendent declares the school as failing

Birmingham City Schools are already facing money trouble. Under the Accountability Act, parents can use an estimated $3,500 tax credit to take their child to another public school or a private school.

Giattina does not believe this will lead to a mass exit from Birmingham schools.

"We've got to put the focus and energy on the academics and this bill does nothing but cloud it," Giattina said.

Another question for the failing school list: Some schools made the federally required No Child Left Behind list for making Average Yearly Progress in their performance.

This includes Bush Hills Academy, Carver High School, Norwood and Robinson Elementary schools.

Meanwhile, Gardendale Senator Scott Beason, who supports the act believes it will become law despite objections today from Montgomery Judge Charles Price that currently block the act.

"We don't tell them what color robes to wear I don't think they should tell us how to do business in the legislature," Beason said.

To see the entire list of schools that meet the Accountability Act's 'failing' definition, click on this page on the Alabama House Republicans website:

http://alhousegop.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/03/Schools-That-Meet-HB84-Definition-of-Failing-School.pdf

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