Alabama private school tax credits bill

Private School Tax Credits
4:37 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Alabama AG Says Blocking Law Won't Help Students

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is telling a federal judge that blocking the new Alabama Accountability Act won't help students in failing public schools.
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Alabama's attorney general is telling a federal judge that blocking the new Alabama Accountability Act won't help students in failing public schools.

Attorney General Luther Strange is trying to get U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of eight students in failing schools.

The suit challenges the law on equal protection grounds, saying the law's transfer provisions aren't open to the students because there aren't any non-failing public schools or private schools nearby that will accept transfers.

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Business & Education
6:36 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Few Ala. Private Schools Participate in Tax Credits

With the start of the year just three weeks away for most districts, only seven private schools have signed up for Alabama's new program of tax credits to help students transfer from failing public schools.

The state Department of Revenue is developing regulations for the tax credits, and it reports that it hasn't seen much interest from private schools.

Robin Mears of the Alabama Christian Education Association says one reason is the lateness of the regulations. Schools start around Aug. 19, and the state's regulations won't be final until after that.

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Business & Education
7:24 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Few Transfers Expected Under Alabama Tax Credits

The leaders of two Alabama private school organizations don't expect many new students to apply in the wake of a law providing tax credits for students transferring from failing schools.

   The executive director of the Alabama Christian Education Association, Robin Mears, said he expects less than 100 transfers to his member schools. The executive director of the Alabama Independent School Association, Randy Skipper, said he hasn't heard about any students inquiring about transferring.

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Business & Education
8:13 am
Tue June 18, 2013

State to Release List of Schools Failing in Ala

The state is releasing the names of schools that are failing under a new Alabama law that lets parents receive tax credits for sending their children to a better school.

   State Superintendent Tommy Bice holds a news conference in Montgomery on Tuesday morning to make the names public.

   The schools are being labeled as failing under the Alabama Accountability Act, passed by the state's Republican-controlled Legislature this year.

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Private School Tax Credits
7:30 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Ala. Legislature Rejects Bentley's 2-Year-Delay

The Republican majority in the Alabama Legislature has handed the Gov. Robert Bentley a major defeat by rejecting his proposal to delay the start of private school tax credits for two years.
Credit State of Alabama

The Republican majority in the Alabama Legislature has handed the Republican governor a major defeat by rejecting his proposal to delay the start of private school tax credits for two years.

The House voted against the governor's proposal 57-10 Monday. Then the Senate agreed 19-15 at the urging of the architect of the tax credits, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh. Republicans provided the decisive votes.

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Private School Tax Credits
4:28 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Alabama House Rejects Bentley's 2-Year-Delay On Tax Credits

The Ala. House has rejected Governor Robert Bentley's proposal to delay private school tax credits for two years.
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The Alabama House has rejected Gov. Robert Bentley's proposal to delay private school tax credits for two years.


The House voted 57-10 Monday to reject the governor's proposal. Now the proposal goes to the Senate on the last meeting day of the legislative session.

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Politics & Government
7:02 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

Ala. Governor Seeks Votes on Delaying Tax Credits

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
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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.

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Politics & Government
4:47 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Democrats Say Delay Won't Fix Alabama Tax Credits

Governor Robert Bentley isn't finding much love on either side of the aisle for his proposal to delay private school tax credits for two years.
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Alabama's Republican governor isn't getting support from key Republicans or Democrats for his proposal to delay private school tax credits for two years.

The Republican architect of the tax credits, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, says a delay isn't needed.

The Senate Democratic Caucus and House Minority Leader Craig Ford say the tax credits should be repealed rather than delayed.

But Bentley is persisting. He sent a letter to legislators Friday and is contacting legislators urging them to support a delay when they wrap up the 2013 legislative session on Monday.

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Politics & Government
8:33 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Marsh to Block Plan to Delay School Tax Credits

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh wants to block Governor Bentley from delaying the private school tax credits by two years.
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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.

Private School Tax Credits
5:10 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Gov. Bentley Wants 2-Year Delay On Tax Credits

Gov. Robert Bentley wants the Legislature to delay Alabama's private school tax credits for two years.
Credit The Associated Press


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.

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Accountability Act
7:59 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Gov. Bentley Considers Change To School Accountability

Governor Bentley has indicated he may be sending changes to the Alabama Accountability Act back to legislators.
Credit blog.al.com

The schools Accountability Act, which will give tuition grants for students to transfer from failing schools, may not be in its final form.

At a chamber of commerce breakfast on Monday, Gov. Robert Bentley indicated that he is reviewing the act and is considering sending it back to the Legislature with executive amendments by mid-week.

The governor's staff confirmed that although no specific approach has been finalized, Bentley is considering some possible amendments that would clarify its intent.

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Private School Tax Credits
5:07 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Senate Approves Changes To Ala. Accountability Act

The Alabama Senate has approved changes to the Alabama Accountability Act regarding transferring students.
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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.

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Private School Tax Credits
4:11 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Bill Moves To Clarify Ala. School Transfers

A bill to clarify the issue of student transfers in the Alabama Accountability Act is closer to passage.

The Alabama Legislature is one step away from passing a bill that would make sure private schools and non-failing public schools don't have to take students who want to transfer from failing public schools.


The bill making transfers optional won approval in the House last week and in the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday. The bill by Republican Rep. Jim Carns of Mountain Brook now goes to the Senate for what could be a final vote.

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Private School Tax Credits
5:06 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Ala. Senator Waits On Changes To Tax Credits

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says he will wait one week to push legislation designed to clarify Alabama's new law on private school tax credits.
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A sponsor of legislation designed to clarify Alabama's new law on private school tax credits says he won't push it for one week to allow more time for suggested changes.


The Senate Education Committee held a hearing Tuesday on the bill by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston. The committee had planned to vote on the bill Wednesday, but Marsh agreed to a request from the Alabama Association of School Boards to wait a week to consider more changes. The senator from Anniston says he's willing to talk to various groups.

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Private School Tax Credits
5:09 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Ala. Senator Offers Changes To School Tax Credits

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

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.

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