Southern Poverty Law Center lawsuit seeks to deny educational choice for low-income Alabama families

Washington, D.C. (June 18, 2014) – The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, condemns the Southern Poverty Law Center for appealing its case against the Alabama Accountability Act, a successful tax credit scholarship program that provides students the opportunity to attend a quality school of their parent’s choice.
The suit challenged the Alabama Accountability Act on behalf of eight students who claimed there were no non-failing public schools or private schools in their area; therefore they could not take advantage of the program. The original suit was dismissed in April, and will now move to a federal appeals court.
“It is disappointing to see the Southern Poverty Law Center try to limit opportunities for underprivileged children rather than celebrate the opportunities this scholarship program has created for those seeking a high-quality education,” said Kevin P. Chavous, executive counsel for the American Federation for Children. “It is unfortunate that these eight students are having difficulty accessing a better school in their area, however, those who currently benefit from the Alabama Accountability Act should not have their educational lifeline eliminated.”
“We hope the flawed logic in this appeal will have a similar outcome to the original lawsuit, and we can continue to help children across the state of Alabama access a quality education,” Chavous added.
The Alabama Accountability Act provides scholarships to low-income children trapped in failing or underperforming public schools, in order to attend a school of their parents’ choice.

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The American Federation for Children is the nation’s leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families.

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