Alabama school flexibility bill http://apr.org en Ala. Senator Waits On Changes To Tax Credits http://apr.org/post/ala-senator-waits-changes-tax-credits <P>A sponsor of legislation designed to clarify Alabama's new law on private school tax credits says he won't push it for one week to allow more time for suggested changes.</P> <P>The Senate Education Committee held a hearing Tuesday on the bill by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston. The committee had planned to vote on the bill Wednesday, but Marsh agreed to a request from the Alabama Association of School Boards to wait a week to consider more changes. The senator from Anniston says he's willing to talk to various groups.</P> <P>The Legislature passed the law Feb. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 22:06:56 +0000 The Associated Press 28678 at http://apr.org Ala. Senator Waits On Changes To Tax Credits Governor Bentley Signs Private School Tax Credit Bill http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-signs-private-school-tax-credit-bill <P>Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley wasted no time in signing legislation providing tax credits to parents who send their children to private schools instead of failing public schools.</P> <P>The Alabama Supreme Court decided late Wednesday afternoon to throw out a lower court order that kept the Legislature from sending the bill to the governor for signing. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:36:11 +0000 The Associated Press 26727 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley Signs Private School Tax Credit Bill Fast Passage Leads To Alabama Legislative Slowdown http://apr.org/post/fast-passage-leads-alabama-legislative-slowdown <P>A legislative session that began with a rapid pace five weeks ago has been slowed by hard feelings over the passage of private school tax credits.</P> <P>Democratic opponents of the tax credits are slowing down action in the House and Senate. House Minority Leader Craig Ford says the slowdown will resume when the Legislature meets Tuesday and will continue for the foreseeable future.</P> <P>Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard says Ford is upset Republicans took bold steps to improve public education. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:07:03 +0000 The Associated Press 26518 at http://apr.org Fast Passage Leads To Alabama Legislative Slowdown AEA Has Monday Deadline In Tax Credits Lawsuit http://apr.org/post/aea-has-monday-deadline-tax-credits-lawsuit <P>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.</P> <P>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. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 23:03:25 +0000 The Associated Press 26410 at http://apr.org AEA Has Monday Deadline In Tax Credits Lawsuit Governor Bentley Blocked From Signing School Tax Bill http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-blocked-signing-school-tax-bill <P>A judge is extending is an order preventing the governor from signing a private school tax credit bill.&nbsp;</P> <P><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">&nbsp;&nbsp;</SPAN>Circuit Court Judge Charles Price ruled Wednesday that a temporary restraining order will remain in effect until a court hearing on March 15.</P> <P>Spokesmen for Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh and House Speaker Mike Hubbard say they will appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court.</P> <P>Price is considering a lawsuit filed by the Alabama Education Association over a Republican-backed bill to provide tax credits for parents w Thu, 07 Mar 2013 01:43:34 +0000 The Associated Press 26247 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley Blocked From Signing School Tax Bill Ala. Judge Plans To Rule On School Tax Credits http://apr.org/post/ala-judge-plans-rule-school-tax-credits <P>A judge plans to rule Wednesday on whether the governor can sign into law a bill providing private school tax credits.</P> <P>Gov. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:49:07 +0000 The Associated Press 26151 at http://apr.org Ala. Judge Plans To Rule On School Tax Credits Education Leaders Say GOP 'Bushwhacked' Them http://apr.org/post/education-leaders-say-gop-bushwhacked-them <P>The governor says running over his own education allies was worth it to get tax credits to help children in failing public schools transfer to private schools.</P> <P>Gov. Robert Bentley says he and other Republican leaders didn't tell the state school superintendent and other education leaders that they were planning to expand a school flexibility bill into a tax credit bill because they would have opposed it. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 22:43:19 +0000 The Associated Press 25945 at http://apr.org Education Leaders Say GOP 'Bushwhacked' Them Alabama School Flex Bill with Tax Credits Passes http://apr.org/post/alabama-school-flex-bill-tax-credits-passes <P>The Alabama Legislature has passed a school flexibility bill that was expanded by Republicans to include tax credits for parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools.</P> <P>The revised version of the bill got passed by the House 51-26 Thursday night and then 22-11 by the Senate after a long shouting match. The bill now goes to the governor, who says he will sign it.</P> <P>State school Superintendent Tommy Bice dropped his support for the bill. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 12:37:08 +0000 The Associated Press 25888 at http://apr.org Alabama School Flex Bill with Tax Credits Passes Alabama School Flexibility Bill Divided By Tenure http://apr.org/post/alabama-school-flexibility-bill-divided-tenure <P>The Alabama House and Senate are divided over whether a school flexibility bill should include flexibility with teacher tenure laws.</P> <P>The House passed a bill Feb. 14 to allow city and county school systems to have flexibility in complying with state education laws, including tenure. The Senate rewrote the bill Thursday to exclude tenure. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:22:28 +0000 The Associated Press 25840 at http://apr.org Alabama School Flexibility Bill Divided By Tenure Ala. Senate Delays School Flexibility Bill http://apr.org/post/ala-senate-delays-school-flexibility-bill <P>A school flexibility bill recently passed by the Alabama House won't come up in the Senate until at least Thursday.</P> <P>The Senate's Republican leadership had planned to ask the Senate to pass the bill Tuesday. But Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, says they decided to wait because three Republican senators were either absent or late Tuesday. He says he hopes to bring up the bill Thursday.</P> <P>It is one of the goals for the Legislature's Republican majority this session. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:42:10 +0000 The Associated Press 25679 at http://apr.org Ala. Senate Delays School Flexibility Bill Ala. Senate to Consider School Flexibility Bill http://apr.org/post/ala-senate-consider-school-flexibility-bill <P>A school flexibility bill recently passed by the Alabama House is slated for debate in the Senate.</P> <DIV> <P>The Senate's Republican leadership plans to ask the Senate to pass the bill Tuesday. It is one of the goals for the Legislature's Republican majority this session. The bill would allow schools system to have flexibility in complying with many state education laws, provided the changes are approved by the State Board of Education. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:46:14 +0000 The Associated Press 25635 at http://apr.org Ala. Senate to Consider School Flexibility Bill School Flexibility Bill Headed To Senate For Vote http://apr.org/post/school-flexibility-bill-headed-senate-vote <p>Legislation that would allow city and county school systems to opt out of state education laws could come up for a final vote in the Senate next week.</p><p>A school flexibility bill cleared the House on Feb. 14 and was approved by the Senate Education Committee in a 5-3 vote Wednesday, with Republicans voting yes and Democrats voting no. A spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says the bill is a priority and could come up for a vote as early as Tuesday.</p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley says he's ready to sign whatever version of the bill the Legislature passes.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 01:23:44 +0000 The Associated Press 25338 at http://apr.org School Flexibility Bill Headed To Senate For Vote Ala. House Approves School Flexibility Legislation http://apr.org/post/ala-house-approves-school-flexibility-legislation <P>The Alabama House has approved legislation that supporters say will give local school districts the authority to make changes in rules and regulations to improve education in Alabama public schools.</P> <P>The House voted 65-37 mostly along party lines to pass the legislation called the Local Control Flexibility Act. The Republican majority in the House supported the bill and said it would allow local schools to in some cases change rules and regulations that school officials feel are getting in the way of quality education.</P> <P>Democrats mostly opposed the legislation. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:27:49 +0000 The Associated Press 25051 at http://apr.org Ala. House Approves School Flexibility Legislation Ala. Legislators Address Government Consolidation http://apr.org/post/ala-legislators-address-government-consolidation <p>Government consolidation and school flexibility bills will be in front of the Legislature on Thursday.</p><div><p>A spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said he expects the Senate to consider a bill to consolidate some organizations that serve the Legislature, including the bill-writing and budget-writing services. The bill is part of a package by the Senate's Republican leadership to try to save money. The Senate passed bills on Tuesday to consolidate law enforcement agencies and information technology programs.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:25:12 +0000 The Associated Press 24946 at http://apr.org Ala. Legislators Address Government Consolidation