An LGBT-Friendly Charter School in the Heart of Alabama Shows the Power and Flexibility of School Choice

By Scott Shackford, Reason

But culture war political fights over race and sex education threaten their educational freedom.

For an excellent example of how charter schools can reach students who struggle in standardized public school environments, head to Homewood, Alabama, a suburb of 25,000 people south of Birmingham.

There you’ll find Magic City Acceptance Academy, a public charter school that opened its doors last August after struggling for a year to get official permission to open. The mission of the academy, in its own words, is to facilitate “a community in which all learners are empowered to embrace education, achieve individual success, and take ownership of their future in a safe, LGBTQ-affirming learning environment.”

Yes, an LGBT-friendly charter school has launched in Alabama and serves students from sixth through 12th grade. It currently has 232 students drawn from all over the greater Birmingham area. Registration will be opening soon for the next school year and founder and Principal Michael Wilson tells Reason he’s hoping for between 325 and 350 students.


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