Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund

Former Governor Bob Riley awards approximately 1,500 scholarships for students to attend private schools rather than failing public schools. The Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund raised $17.8 million in donations in 2013. The 1,474 scholarships it has awarded went to students who qualified for free or reduced-price school lunches. The organization says it plans to award about 1,400 more scholarships to low-income students not attending failing schools. It is the largest scholarship granting organization operating under the Alabama Accountability Act. Riley says the act is allowing low-income families to have a choice in schools for the first time.

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