“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:
- The Acceleration Day and Evening Academy in Mobile, Ala. is currently the only charter school operating within the state, serving high school students in grades 9-12 from Mobile, Baldwin, and Washington Counties.
- The University Charter School in Livingston, Ala. and the Lead Academy in Montgomery will be opening in the fall of 2018.
- LEAD Academy in Montgomery, Ala. has recently had its opening delayed to 2019 after a judge ruled the Alabama Public Charter School Commission’s 5-1 vote to approve the school’s application for a charter school missed the mark by one vote that it legally needed for approval.
- Two charter schools have been approved for opening in the fall of 2019; Legacy Prep in Birmingham, Ala. and SLAM located in Huntsville, Ala.