The authors of the first major study of K-12 student test scores under the Alabama Accountability Act found that it’s not yet possible to compare kids in “failing” public schools with their counterparts who accepted scholarships to private schools.

On Oct. 1, Alabama’s most troubled Medicaid patients — the mentally ill and people with multiple medical issues — were supposed to be enrolled in Regional Care Organizations that would watch over their cases closely, giving them better care for a lower price. That won’t happen this year, and even with the 2017 budget crisis passed, it may never happen.

Federal audits of the Alabama Medicaid Agency, released this summer, claim that the state overcharged the federal Department of Health and Human Services by more than $90 million for services delivered years ago. Federal officials could ask for some or all of that money back, creating a new hole in the troubled program’s budget.

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