Ala. Senator Offers Changes To School Tax Credits

Apr 15, 2013

Senator Del Marsh's latest bill looks to clarify some questions over Alabama's new law on private school tax credits.

An architect of Alabama's new law on private school tax credits is proposing some modifications to answer questions raised by educators and parents.

The Senate Education Committee has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday on the legislation sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, of Anniston.

The Republican-controlled Legislature voted along party lines Feb. 28 to provide state income tax credits to parents who choose to enroll their children in a private school or non-failing public school rather than send them to the failing school where they are assigned.

The latest version of Marsh's bill clarifies what's a failing school. It also says a public or private school can't be forced to enroll a student merely because the parents received an income tax credit under the new law.