Alabama Accountability Act lawsuit http://apr.org en 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 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 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