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Dept of Education Releases New “Failing” Schools List

By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

As has been anticipated, the Alabama Department of Education this week released a list of “failing” schools as provided for in the Alabama Accountability Act passed in 2013. The law allows students enrolled in such schools to either transfer to another public school or private school, with the use of a small tax credit.

This year, 4 open schools dropped off of the list, 3 schools were closed, and 5 were newly classified as failing.


Geneva County – Samson Middle
Jefferson County – Brighton Middle
Birmingham City – Robinson Elementary
Tuscaloosa City – Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary


Birmingham City – Center Street Middle
Birmingham City – Hill Elementary
Tarrant City – Tarrant Middle

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Barbour County – Barbour County Intermediate School
Chambers County – Lafayette High School
Henry County- Abbeville High School
Mobile County- Jeremiah A. Denton Middle School
Bessemer City – Bessemer High School

Below is the full list of failing schools:

Anniston City
Anniston Middle School

Barbour County
Barbour County Intermediate School

Barbour County
Barbour County Junior High School

Bessemer City
Bessemer City High School

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Birmingham City
Bush K-8
Green Acres Middle School
Martha Gaskins K-5
WE Putnam Middle School-Magnet
Ossie Ware Mitchell Middle School
Arrington Middle School
Wylam K-8
Hayes K-8 (formerly Whatley K-8 School)

Bullock County
Bullock County High School

Chambers County
Lafayette Eastside Elementary School

Chambers County
Lafayette High School
John P Powell Middle School

Cullman County
Cullman Child Development Center

Dallas County
Brantley Elementary School
Keith Middle-High School
Southside High School
Tipton Durant Middle School

Decatur City
Brookhaven Middle School

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Fairfield City
Forest Hills Middle School

Gadsden City
Litchfield Middle School

Greene County
Greene County High School
Carver Middle School

Hale County
Greensboro High School

Henry County
Abbeville High School

Huntsville City
SR Butler High School
Chapman Middle School
Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School
Davis Hills Middle School
Edward White Middle School
JO Johnson High School
Lakewood Elementary School
James Dawson Elementary
Westlawn Middle School

Jefferson County
Center Point High School

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Lanett City
Lanett Junior High School

Linden City
George P Austin Junior High School

Linden City
Linden Elementary School

Lowndes County
Hayneville Middle School

Lowndes County
Lowndes County Middle School

Macon County
Notasulga High School

Macon County
Tuskegee Institute Middle School

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Marengo County
John Essex High School

Marengo County
Marengo High School

Midfield City
Midfield High School

Mobile County
Jeremiah A Denton Middle School
Booker T Washington Middle School
Mae Eanes Middle School
Mobile County Training Middle School
CL Scarborough Middle School
Augusta Evans School

Montgomery County
Bellingrath Middle School
Brewbaker Middle School
Capitol Heights Middle School
Floyd Elementary School
Goodwyn Middle School
McKee Middle School
Southlawn Middle School
Children’s Center

Perry County
Francis Marion High School

Pickens County
Pickens County High School

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Russell County
Russell County Middle School

Selma City
R.B.Hudson Middle School

Shelby County
Linda Nolen Learning Center

Sumter County
Kinterbish Junior High School

Sumter County
North Sumter Junior High School
York West End Junior High School

Talladega City
Zora Ellis Junior High School

Tuscaloosa City
Central High School
Westlawn Middle School
Davis-Emerson Middle School

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Washington County
McIntosh High School

Wilcox County
Camden School Of Arts & Technology

The State Department of Education meets today in Montgomery to discuss this and other issues.

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