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Editorial: Average results again about Alabama education

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Since its creation, the Alabama Accountability Act has neither revolutionized educational opportunities in our state nor silenced its thunderous critics. There’s little doubt either of those outcomes will soon change.

We say that because of a new study released this week by the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Alabama that essentially paints the AAA as middling legislation that’s produced tepid results. No home runs, no outright failures, the study said. So much for the grandiose claims by the AAA’s legislative supporters who pushed the program as a way to help low-income students move out of schools on the highly criticized “failing” schools list and improve their education.