Alabama private school tax credits http://apr.org en 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 Judge Weighs Challenge To Ala. Accountability Act http://apr.org/post/judge-weighs-challenge-ala-accountability-act <p></p><p>It will be a few weeks before a judge decides a legal challenge to the new Alabama law providing tax credits for private education.</p><p>Montgomery Circuit Judge Gene Reese heard arguments Thursday on a lawsuit the Alabama Education Association filed over the Alabama Accountability Act.</p><p>The judge is giving attorneys two weeks to submit proposed orders and says he will rule afterward.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:01:32 +0000 The Associated Press 46338 at http://apr.org Judge Weighs Challenge To Ala. Accountability Act Judge To Rule Soon On Private School Tax Credits http://apr.org/post/judge-rule-soon-private-school-tax-credits <p></p><p>A federal judge says he will rule quickly on whether to throw out a lawsuit challenging Alabama's new tax credits for families that move their children from failing public schools.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins on Monday heard from attorneys for the Southern Poverty law Center, which has sued on behalf of eight children in poor, rural counties. He also heard from the attorney general's office, which wants the suit against the governor and other state officials dismissed.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:15:35 +0000 The Associated Press 46138 at http://apr.org Judge To Rule Soon On Private School Tax Credits 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 Judge Lets Private School Parents Enter AEA Suit http://apr.org/post/judge-lets-private-school-parents-enter-aea-suit <p></p><p>A Montgomery judge is letting three parents intervene in the Alabama Education Association's lawsuit challenging the state's new private school tax credits.</p><p>Judge Gene Reese ruled Monday that Tequila Rogers of Mobile and Danyal and Mark Jones of Montgomery can become parties. They support the credits because they chose to enroll their children in private schools rather than failing public schools. They are represented by the Institute for Justice, which has defended school choice laws in several states.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:48:08 +0000 The Associated Press 40217 at http://apr.org Judge Lets Private School Parents Enter AEA Suit One Suit Against Alabama Accountability Act Blocked http://apr.org/post/one-suit-against-alabama-accountability-act-blocked <p></p><p>The Alabama Supreme Court has blocked a lawsuit challenging a new law that provides tax credits for attending private schools.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:58:43 +0000 The Associated Press 38295 at http://apr.org One Suit Against Alabama Accountability Act Blocked 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 Few Ala. Private Schools Participate in Tax Credits http://apr.org/post/few-ala-private-schools-participate-tax-credits <p>With the start of the year just three weeks away for most districts, only seven private schools have signed up for Alabama's new program of tax credits to help students transfer from failing public schools.</p><div><p>The state Department of Revenue is developing regulations for the tax credits, and it reports that it hasn't seen much interest from private schools.</p><p>Robin Mears of the Alabama Christian Education Association says one reason is the lateness of the regulations. Schools start around Aug. 19, and the state's regulations won't be final until after that.</p> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 23:36:03 +0000 The Associated Press 34959 at http://apr.org Few Ala. Private Schools Participate in Tax Credits Pupils May Not be Able to Go From Failing Schools http://apr.org/post/pupils-may-not-be-able-go-failing-schools <p>School officials in several higher performing Alabama districts say they doubt they will take many students looking to transfer from schools that have been listed as failing by state officials.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Elmore County Schools Superintendent Jeff Langham says his fast-growing system outside Montgomery will not be taking new students from surrounding counties at this time.<br> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:13:47 +0000 The Associated Press 32786 at http://apr.org Pupils May Not be Able to Go From Failing Schools