In parts of Alabama, in the rural and poor Black Belt counties, there are few options for schooling. There are no complications, no non-failing schools to flee to, no nearby suburban systems. There are just two options.
An almost entirely black public school labeled as failing.
And a mostly white, small Christian school.
So how will the new Alabama Accountability Act play out?
“Those kids who have good grades, yes, we’re probably going to lose some of those kids,” said Keith Stewart, superintendent of Bullock County Schools. “The student athletes, some of those the private schools are probably going to go after. But I don’t see large numbers (leaving).”