The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 5, 2013

Governor to sign private school tax credits


Associated Press



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Robert Bentley is ready to sign legislation providing tax credits to parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools.

Republicans in the Legislature passed the bill on a party-line vote Thursday night, but the Legislature can't officially deliver the bill to the governor until Tuesday afternoon. Bentley says he will sign it after getting it. He calls it one of the best pieces of legislation passed in years.

The Alliance for School Choice says Alabama with become the 12th state with a tax credit program.

The executive director of the Alabama Education Association, Henry Mabry, said the teachers' organization is looking at ways to challenge the legislation in court.