Ala. Governor Won't Try Charter Schools Again

Nov 13, 2012

Governor Robert Bentley says he won't pursue legalizing charter schools in the upcoming legislative session.

Gov. Robert Bentley says he doesn't plan to propose the legalization of charter schools again in the 2013 session of the Legislature.

The Republican governor proposed charter school legislation in the 2012 session, but the state teachers' organization, the Alabama Education Association, secured enough votes to stop it.

Bentley told the Birmingham Business Alliance on Tuesday that he's looking at other options for families with children in failing schools. He said he's considering awarding grants to failing schools that come up with improvement plans. The governor said the schools will get taken over and restructured if they don't meet the goals in their improvement plans.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.