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Parents gather to discuss options from Accountability Act

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About a hundred parents gathered in a school cafeteria to discuss the state's new Accountability Act options.

According to the act, students who are in a school deemed as "failing," can transfer to a private school and, receive a tax credit for the school's tuition.

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, Westlawn Middle, and Central High School in Tuscaloosa's city system are all considered "failing."

A proven track record, that's what Tuscaloosa city schools superintendent Dr. Paul McKendrick tried to convey to parents who attended a meeting about potentially transferring their children.

The superintendent said based on conversations with parents, at the meeting, and he isn't concerned the district will lose children to private schools.

"If we can tell parents and describe our strategies and our successes and our plans for next year. I think parents will be comfortable in the schools that they're in because the students know the teachers, they know the schools, they're in their neighborhood, and they're with their friends," McKendrick added.

Parent's who attempted to transfer their children to other public schools in the past under the "No Child Left Behind Act" have concerns about class size. Because overcrowding was a reason the Tuscaloosa city school system denied transfers, in the past.

Bessie Moore has a daughter going into eleventh grade. She's confident the strategies like extra classes, and enhanced core curriculum will work, but for her child, she says there's not enough time.

"I think that this program like you said might be just a little to late as far as for some of our kids that are already I say past the 9th grade because they won't really get the benefits of the new program," Moore said.

The deadline to notify the school district if a parent plans on transferring their child is August first.

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