The University of West Alabama takes a big step forward toward opening its own charter school today, amid some concerns that the school may siphon state funding from existing schools in the area.
Pre-registration begins today for Sumter County students from Kindergarten to eighth grade who are interested in attending the new University Charter School.
Members of the Alabama Public Charter School Commission met with school officials in Livingston last month to sign the charter for the new facility, which will teach science, math, technology, and art.
Critics have voiced concerns that the new charter school might siphon off state education funding from city and county schools serving the same area. Supporters believe the school will help to reinvigorate the Sumter County economy.
If more students sign up than the school can hold during the registration, then a lottery will be held for students who sign up after December 13th.