School Board Approves Policy to Counter Part of Accountability Act

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — The Madison City School system is working to make sure that they aren’t affected by the Accountability Act, should it become law. Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler says the policy is simply in place to keep their students a top priority.

“Obviously we’re not trying to be mean spirited,” said Fowler. “We want to help children everywhere and we want to have a welcoming spirit but we also want to make sure we take care of the residents of Madison first.”

The Madison City School Board approved a measure Thursday night that will keep them from having to take in students that attend failing schools out of their district. Fowler says that he’s already received requests for transfers into Madison City Schools and they needed to put a policy in place.

“The Board of Educations says we’re currently in the middle of rezoning our elementary schools,” he said. “We want to get that complete and then we want to see where we have space if we do have any.”

According to Fowler, the school district is not trying to keep other children out. The police is temporary and he says they need to figure out exactly just how much they are growing internally before they allow other district’s students in.

“We’re saying that we want to wait until we’ve done rezoning,” said Fowler. “We need to look at our demographics, and then get input from our citizens and that will help us determine what our long term policy would be.”

Right now, Madison City Schools already takes in students from other districts based on three different criteria. An agreement with the town of Triana allows Triana children to attend Madison Schools, school system employees can bring their children to Madison City Schools, and the system is in federal compliance with the McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act.