The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 8, 2013

AEA has Monday deadline in tax credits lawsuit

Associated Press

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court has given the Alabama Education Association until Monday to respond to an effort by Republican legislators to get a private school tax credit legislation signed.

AEA got a Montgomery judge to issue a temporary restraining order barring the governor from signing the bill into law. Attorneys for Republican legislative leaders appealed to the Supreme Court and asked the court to lift the judge's order. The Supreme Court on Friday gave AEA's lawyers until Monday to respond.

The legislation started out as a bill to give school systems more flexibility in complying with state education laws. It got expanded by the Legislature on Feb. 28 to include tax credits for parents who decide to send their children to private schools rather than failing public schools.