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  • Introduced
    Mar 03, 2021
  • Passed Senate
  • Passed House
  • Signed into Law
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SB 297
Alabama Senate Bill
Education, Alabama School Choice and Student Opportunity Act, limitation on the physical location of a public charter school, Sec. 16-6F-5 am'd.
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Senate • May 04, 2021: Indefinitely Postponed
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Michael McGilton wrote on 3 months ago

Lawmakers, I live in Sharps Cove, in Gurley, Alabama, District 3 (Madison County). I am a 100% disabled Veteran whose daughter has attended Central School in Madison County since Kindergarten. My daughter is now getting ready to graduate 8th grade and wants to continue her education at Madison County High School in Gurley, Alabama (District 3). However, since I live in Sharps Cove in (GURLEY), we are zoned for a district 1 School Zone, Buckhorn High School. When I vote in any election, I must vote for district three candidates, except when it comes to school boards. I cannot vote for district three or district 1. So I have no choice and no voice when it comes to district one school candidates, and I cannot vote for district three school candidates. So a disabled veteran with no choice about anything when it comes to School. As you can see from the maps below, the distance between my house and Madison County High school in Gurley, Alabama, is 6.1 miles. The distance from my house to Buckhorn High school, which is not in Gurley, is 8.7 miles if you take the back roads and 12.1 miles if you take the safer route. Did I mention that Buckhorn isn’t in Gurley, the place where I live??? This law must pass to continue sending my daughter to the School in my district, the area where I live. The school zones in Madison County do not make sense! Google them and see for yourself. I need this bill to pass, not just for me but also for all those in this situation or other situations that do not let their child attend a School of choice. I could not attach the maps showing the distance but I have them. All one needs to do is google 329 Sharps Cove Road, Gurley, Al 35748 to each school and you can see the distance.

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  • May 04, 2021 | Senate
    • Indefinitely Postponed
  • Apr 01, 2021 | Senate
    • Read for the second time and placed on the calendar 1 amendment
    • Pending third reading on day 19 Favorable from Education Policy with 1 amendment
  • Mar 03, 2021 | Senate
    • Read for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Education Policy