Nichols on Accountability Act: “No different than what happened to healthcare.”

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A number of school leaders around the state have filed a court brief opposing the Alabama Accountability Act. That includes all three school superintendents in Morgan County. They’re asking the Alabama Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling that declared the law unconstitutional.

Decatur School Superintendent Ed Nichols is one of 30 school superintendents to file a Friend of the Court brief with the Alabama Supreme Court in opposition to the Alabama Accountability Act.

“I’ll tell you, it’s meant a loss in revenue that, at the minimum, is a half million dollars almost,” Nichols says.

And that’s just decatur city schools. When you add what Morgan County and Hartselle City Schools lost, it amounts to a million dollars.

“We have siphoned away millions of dollars for a handful of students to make an option to go to a private school,” Nichols told WHNT News 19.

The brief asks the supreme court to uphold a lower court ruling that declared the accountability act unconstitutional. Nichols expressed extreme disappointment with state legislators for how the law was passed.

“It’s no different than what happened to healthcare in Washington. And that’s a very close-minded approach to changing without talking to the people in the classroom and on the ground and parents and everybody involved, and probably that disappoints me to equal about the money that we’re losing,” Nichols said.

If the legislature wants to change education, Nichols says lets have some open and honest discussion first.

In May, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Gene Reese ruled the Accountability Act was unconstitutional because of the manner in which it was passed. Judge Reese says the legislature violated its own rules as set out by the Alabama Constitution in rushing the bill to a vote.