It’s National Charter Schools Week, here’s an update on Alabama charter schools

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday proclaimed May 6-12, 2018 National Charter Schools Week.

“My Administration has prioritized support for charter schools so that more students have access to this valuable academic option,” said Trump. “This week, we acknowledge the critical role charter schools play in providing students with rigorous education that holds them to high standards. A great education is the foundation for a better future for students facing the demands and challenges of the 21st century. As a Nation, we should continue to support and address their dreams in their innovative efforts to help students reach their full potential.”

Millions of educators, parents and advocates, and more than 7,100 charter schools in 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will join Trump in celebrating the 18th annual National Charter Schools Week. To celebrate and honor these milestones thousands of events will be taking place throughout the country.

In 2015, Alabama joined the national charter school movement when then-Gov. Robert Bentley signed the Student Choice and Student Opportunity Act into law, making Alabama the 43rd state to enable public charter schools. 

But the state has been slow to attract charter schools. According to the State Department of Education, the Yellowhammer State has only one charter school open now, with several new schools approved for opening in 2018 and 2019:

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  1. AEA really embracing Charter Schools. Ever wonder why AEA is typically in the way. Its all about the vast sums of money public school systems stand to lose. More students in Charter School translates into less money for our failing public education system. According to the article, there is a grand total of one Charter School in our state. But, there may be another opening sometime in 2018 with another pushed back until 2019. That should give AEA more time to figure out how to scuttle them. Someone said, follow the money. Its not about offering children better education. Its about keeping control of your tax dollars. The Golden Rule. He who has the gold, makes the rules.

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