Gov. Robert Bentley is spending the weekend trying to round up legislative support for his proposal to delay Alabama's new private school tax credits for two years.
Bentley spoke Saturday at the Alabama League of Municipalities convention in Montgomery and urged several hundred city officials to contact their legislators before the Legislature's last meeting day on Monday. Bentley said he's also contacting legislators by letter and in person.
The architect of Alabama's new private school tax credits intends to block the governor's proposal to delay the tax breaks for two years.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston said families of children trapped in failing schools need the option of school choice now. Marsh said Thursday he intends to block the governor's proposal, either by getting the Legislature to reject it or never bringing it up for a vote.
The new law provides tax credits for parents who send their children to private schools rather than public schools rated as failing.
Gov. Robert Bentley wants the Legislature to delay Alabama's private school tax credits for two years.
Bentley told chamber of commerce leaders Wednesday that a delay will give schools time to try to get off the failing list and will help the state repay a $423 million debt before the tax credits begin.
House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Senate leader Del Marsh says they will discuss Bentley's proposal with their members.
The Alabama Senate has approved legislation saying private schools and non-failing public schools don't have to take students transferring from failing public schools.
The Senate voted 21-12 Thursday for a bill making changes to the Alabama Accountability Act. The bill makes clear that a student transferring from a failing school in one school system to a non-failing school in another system has to provide his own transportation. It also tightens up which schools will be designated failing schools.