A Birmingham city councilor is pushing his colleagues to support a repeal of the Alabama Accountability Act.
Councilor Steven Hoyt says the Accountability Act has hurt Birmingham city schools because it allows some students in the system to leave and take their public dollars with them, which is draining resources from a school system that he believes is turning itself around.
"I just think it's necessary that we, as a city, make a stance in terms of the Accountability Act and to say we want our funding to stay with our schools," Hoyt said.
While several other city councilors agreed that they don't like what the Accountability Act is doing, council president Johnathan Austin said today he thinks a complete repeal of the Republican majority's number one piece of legislation from last year is "unlikely."
Austin said he's advocating a strategy of lobbying for some amending of the law that might help lessen its impact on the city's school system.
Hoyt's proposed resolution failed on a 3-3 vote with one abstention, but councilors say they plan to include a position on the Accountability Act as part of the legislative agenda they are now putting together in time for the start of the session on January 14.
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