Alabama Accountability Act http://apr.org en Law Center Appeals Accountability Act Ruling http://apr.org/post/law-center-appeals-accountability-act-ruling <p>The Southern Poverty Law Center is taking its legal challenge of the <font color="red">Alabama</font> Accountability Act to a federal appeals court.</p><p>The Montgomery-based group has asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a federal judge's decision rejecting the law center's challenge of the state law.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:21:25 +0000 Associated Press 54108 at http://apr.org Law Center Appeals Accountability Act Ruling Judge Delays Enforcing School Tax Credits Ruling http://apr.org/post/judge-delays-enforcing-school-tax-credits-ruling <p></p><p>An Alabama judge will delay enforcing his decision outlawing tax credits for private school students in Alabama.</p><p>Montgomery County Circuit Judge Gene Reese issued a hand-written order Monday agreeing to delay implementation of his ruling against the Republican-based Alabama Accountability Act.</p><p>The judge agreed with the state to block his order, meaning the tax credit program can go ahead while appeals courts consider the issue.</p><p>The law allows state tax credits for parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:57:34 +0000 The Associated Press 53550 at http://apr.org Judge Delays Enforcing School Tax Credits Ruling Judge Overturns Alabama Accountability Act http://apr.org/post/judge-overturns-alabama-accountability-act <p></p><p>A Montgomery judge has struck down Alabama's tax credits for parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools.</p><p>Circuit Judge Gene Reese ruled Wednesday that the Alabama Accountability Act is unconstitutional. He said it violates the state Constitution's requirement for the Legislature to have only one subject in a bill.</p><p>The Legislature passed the law in 2013. It was challenged in court by members of the state teachers' organization, the Alabama Education Association.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 22:18:05 +0000 The Associated Press 52839 at http://apr.org Judge Overturns Alabama Accountability Act AEA Battles Tax Credits in Court, at Ballot Box http://apr.org/post/aea-battles-tax-credits-court-ballot-box <p>The state teachers' organization is fighting private school tax credits in court and the architect of the tax credits at the ballot box.</p><p>The <font color="red">Alabama</font> Education Association's political action committee filed a campaign finance report showing the largest donation it gave in March was $50,000 to Democratic state Senate candidate Taylor Stewart of Anniston. Stewart is opposing Republican Sen. Del Marsh of Anniston, who was the chief architect of the <font color="red">Alabama</font> Accountability Act.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:38:21 +0000 Associated Press 50372 at http://apr.org AEA Battles Tax Credits in Court, at Ballot Box Former Governor Leads Ala. Scholarship Group http://apr.org/post/former-governor-leads-ala-scholarship-group <p></p><p>Former Gov. Bob Riley says he's serving as the unpaid chairman of a scholarship organization because he believes in a new Alabama law that provides scholarships to families that move their children from failing public schools.</p><p>Riley started the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund with Tampa businessman John Kirtley, who started a similar program in Florida.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:57:58 +0000 The Associated Press 44107 at http://apr.org Former Governor Leads Ala. Scholarship Group Alabama Taxpayers Contributing To Get Tax Credits http://apr.org/post/alabama-taxpayers-contributing-get-tax-credits <p></p><p>Nearly 600 Alabama businesses and individuals are getting state tax credits by contributing to private school scholarship programs.</p><p>The tax credits were included in the Alabama Accountability Act that the Legislature passed in February. State Revenue Department spokeswoman Carla Snellgrove says that 582 donors have given $19.5 million to organizations set up under the new law to provide scholarships to students who move from failing public schools to participating private schools.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:57:44 +0000 The Associated Press 43254 at http://apr.org Alabama Taxpayers Contributing To Get Tax Credits Alabama Court Modifies Ruling Tossing AEA Suit http://apr.org/post/alabama-court-modifies-ruling-tossing-aea-suit <p></p><p>The Alabama Supreme Court has changed some of the wording its recent ruling tossing out a lawsuit against the Alabama Accountability Act, but it didn't change the result.</p><p>On Sept. 20, the state's highest court blocked a lawsuit that members of the Alabama Education Association filed against four legislators to challenge the new law. Even though the legislators won, they asked the court to reconsider part of the ruling that said the Accountability Act appropriated public funds.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:14:54 +0000 The Associated Press 42096 at http://apr.org Alabama Court Modifies Ruling Tossing AEA Suit Alabama AG Says Blocking Law Won't Help Students http://apr.org/post/alabama-ag-says-blocking-law-wont-help-students <p></p><p>Alabama's attorney general is telling a federal judge that blocking the new Alabama Accountability Act won't help students in failing public schools.</p><p>Attorney General Luther Strange is trying to get U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of eight students in failing schools.</p><p>The suit challenges the law on equal protection grounds, saying the law's transfer provisions aren't open to the students because there aren't any non-failing public schools or private schools nearby that will accept transfers.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:37:06 +0000 The Associated Press 38501 at http://apr.org Alabama AG Says Blocking Law Won't Help Students Alabama Seeks Dismissal Of School Transfer Suit http://apr.org/post/alabama-seeks-dismissal-school-transfer-suit <p></p><p>State attorneys are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center seeking to block a new state law allowing students to transfer from failing schools.</p><p>The state attorney general's staff filed papers saying the plaintiffs lacked legal standing and failed to state a valid equal protection claim. In an order Monday, U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins set a schedule for each side to file briefs, with the last brief due on Oct. 21.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 22:10:57 +0000 The Associated Press 37997 at http://apr.org Alabama Seeks Dismissal Of School Transfer Suit ALA Democrat Calls to Strip Accountability Funding http://apr.org/post/ala-democrat-calls-strip-accountability-funding <p>An Alabama Democrat says the Accountability Act has failed and is asking lawmakers to divert funding intended for tax credits to another educational program.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; House Minority Leader Craig Ford, of Gadsden, said Thursday that he'd like to see the state reallocate $40 million meant for tax credits under the legislation used instead to expand the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative.<br> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:12:19 +0000 The Associated Press 37824 at http://apr.org ALA Democrat Calls to Strip Accountability Funding Lawsuit Filed to Block Ala. Accountability Act http://apr.org/post/lawsuit-filed-block-ala-accountability-act <p>State lawmakers and education officials have filed a state lawsuit to have the Alabama Accountability Act ruled unconstitutional.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The Montgomery Advertiser reported Wednesday (http://on.mgmadv.com/15yhreh) that the suit was filed on behalf of Democratic state Sen. Quinton Ross of Montgomery, Lowndes County schools Superintendent Daniel Boyd and Alabama Education Association president Anita Gibson.<br> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:40:25 +0000 The Associated Press 36899 at http://apr.org Lawsuit Filed to Block Ala. Accountability Act Ala. Superintendent Says Few Transferring Schools http://apr.org/post/ala-superintendent-says-few-transferring-schools <p></p><p>Alabama's public schools aren't seeing an exodus of students taking advantage of private school tax credits.</p><p>State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice told the state school board Thursday that preliminary survey data shows 51 students have used the new Alabama Accountability Act to transfer from a failing public school to a private school.</p><p>He told AL.com that not all school systems have responded to a department survey, but he doesn't expect the figure to increase much because the state's largest systems have responded.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:38:25 +0000 The Associated Press 36525 at http://apr.org Ala. Superintendent Says Few Transferring Schools Suit Challenges Ala. Private School Tax Credits http://apr.org/post/suit-challenges-ala-private-school-tax-credits <p>Gov. Robert Bentley says the Alabama Accountability Act is designed to help students in all public schools.</p><p>The governor spoke out Monday after the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal court suit seeking to block the law. The suit says some impoverished students can't access part of the law providing tax credits for families that move their children from failing public schools to private schools.</p><p>Bentley says another portion of the law gives those failing schools the flexibility to make changes and improve.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:47:09 +0000 The Associated Press 36303 at http://apr.org Suit Challenges Ala. Private School Tax Credits Rule On Private School Transfer Raises Concerns http://apr.org/post/rule-private-school-transfer-raises-concerns <p>The only proposed rule for Alabama's new private school tax credits that's raising any concern is one saying the credits don't apply for children already in private school.</p><p>Alabama's Revenue Department planned a full day Thursday for a public hearing about its proposed rules for implementing the new Alabama Accountability Act. Few people showed up.</p><p>The new law provides state tax credits for parents who transfer their children from a failing public school to a private school.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 22:24:11 +0000 The Associated Press 35694 at http://apr.org Rule On Private School Transfer Raises Concerns 36 Ala. Private Schools Sign Up For Tax Credit Law http://apr.org/post/36-ala-private-schools-sign-tax-credit-law <p>So far, 36 private schools have signed up to participate in Alabama's new private school tax credit program with less than two weeks to go before most schools start classes.</p><p>The state Revenue Department says the 36 schools range from Pope John Paul II Catholic High School in Huntsville to McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile.</p><p>Alabama's new Accountability Act provides state tax credits to parents who move their children from failing public schools to participating private schools.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:47:01 +0000 The Associated Press 35527 at http://apr.org 36 Ala. Private Schools Sign Up For Tax Credit Law