School Choice Score: 75%
Individual Tax Credit/Deduction
Alabama’s refundable tax credit program was enacted and launched in 2013. Different from traditional tax credit programs, refundable tax credits have greater utility for parents of more modest incomes.
Alabama’s Education Scholarship Program was enacted and launched in 2013. The program, a tax-credit scholarship, allows taxpayers who donate to nonprofit scholarship granting organizations to receive tax credits for their contributions.
Charter Schools Score: 62%
Alabama’s law is relatively new having only been passed in 2015. That said as of June 1, 2017 no charter schools have been opened likely due to the bureaucracy imposed by the law’s one and only authorizer, the Alabama State Charter Schools Commission.
- Source: CER Charter School Law Rankings
Online Learning Score: 62%
Alabama is limited in its digital learning offerings, although students are currently required to successfully complete an online learning experience to earn a high school diploma. However, the state’s funding mechanism does not support universal access to online learning options.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 68%
Delivering Well Prepared Teachers B-
Expanding the Pool of Teachers C-
Identifying Effective Teachers D
Retaining Effective Teachers F
Exiting Ineffective Teachers D