I flogged the Alabama Accountability Act a few days ago, and I've been turning it over in my head. If I was to vote on it today, I would vote "no". However, I am coming around to the idea of the act. The reason I like the act: it gives a framework for starting an independent school in Alabama.
School Funding Framework for Innovation
Imagine this: a group of people capable of obtaining accreditation can start a school, and they know they can get $3,500 per year per student. This is AWESOME! There are so many ways to do low cost (or free), above average course delivery:
* Khan Academy
* Harvard Online Courses
* MIT Online Courses
* Stanford Online Courses
And 1000s more sites with online training, exercises and more. With the online courses, a school could teach students to take charge of their education. This school could also focus on partnering with local businesses to bring back apprenticeships. Imagine the value of a school that delivered 4-hours per day of structured liberal arts training paired with practical real world apprenticeship programs.
Anyone willing to take this risk, would know the budget would guarantee: $3,500 / student / year. Optimizing student improvement per dollar spent would be a good metric to start building an innovative education platform.
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