The Alabama legislature ruffled all kinds of feathers by passing the Alabama Accountability Act.
But if the state legislators want to change the way Huntsville City Schools does business, they can get in line.
Superintendent Casey Wardynski says, “In a system like ours, the Accountability Act is really pretty far down the totem pole compared to the desegregation order and the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.”
This school system still has to obey a federal desegregation order and state law has nothing on the power of Washington.
That means the district offers majority to minority transfers, where a student can leave a school where their race is the majority to go to a school where they become a minority.
Wardynski notes, “Right now, we have about five- to six-hundred requests for majority-minority transfers. They’re to the same schools that other children might be asking for transfers to as well. And those other children under the Accountability Act may then be behind them.”
Right now they have about three-hundred applications for Accountability Act transfers, but the district hasn’t figure out how much overlap exists between the two transfer lists.
Wardynski goes on to say the transfer situation might not get fully sorted until after school starts, “If there’s no space by the time we’ve taken care of the children in the majority-minority transfer there is a possibility there would be no Triple-A, or Alabama Accountability Act, transfers.”
So what if you’re trying to transfer your student through the Triple-A?
Frankly, there’s not a ton of options.
Wardynski says, “They can apply obviously to neighboring school systems. They can also apply to private schools.”
There’s no data yet on how many students are leaving HCS to go to private school.