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Three private schools opt in to Alabama Accountability Act

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State Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee points to the application for private schools to opt in to the Alabama Accountability Act. State Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee points to the application for private schools to opt in to the Alabama Accountability Act.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Time is ticking for private school headmasters.

"We're asking anyone interested to please go ahead and submit the application," says State Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee.

So far, three private schools statewide have opted in to the program.

1. The Country Day School, Huntsville.

2. Resurrection Catholic School, Montgomery. 

3. The Capitol School, Tuscaloosa.

To be approved, a private school must apply through the revenue department's web site and submit proof of accreditation and tax status.

"We ask folks to mail this back into us so that we can have the full package at one time," adds Magee.

Magee isn't sure how many will, but strives "to make it easy and accessible for anyone who wants to participate in the program."

"There's still many unanswered questions," says St. James School Head of School Melba Richardson.

Richardson says her board hasn't decided which path to take.

Regardless, she says her school is already open to kids from failing ones.

"We have always accepted kids from any kind of school...failing, passing, as long as they meet the criteria we have for admissions."

A part of the Accountability Act also calls for a scholarship program.

The revenue commissioner says two companies have already applied and are verified to accept donations from private companies and individuals.

Those scholarship companies will act as liaisons between students in failing schools and the private schools--providing money for tuition and expenses.

The revenue department says anyone will be able to donate to these companies starting August 1st.

They must do it through the revenue department's web site, so the state can track the donated funds.

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