State Bill to change Regulation of Private Schools
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state lawmaker has pre-filed a bill to remove the state Department of Education from the licensure and regulation processes for private schools. The Montgomery Advertiser reported Thursday that proposed legislation from Republican state Sen. Dick Brewbaker, of Montgomery, would also remove a state requirement asking that the schools carry a surety bond of at least $10,000. The proposed legislation would also shift the regulation of technical and professional schools to the Department of Postsecondary Education. Concerns were raised this summer over the state's involvement in private school regulations after the Department of Education proposed a series of rule changes that some saw as an attempt to control private schools in Alabama. The legislative session begins Jan. 14.