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The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a taxpayer and claims that the Republican majority violated the Open Meetings Act when the tax credit program was added to a bill in conference committee with little discussion.
"It's unfortunate that anyone would try to stop a bill that gives students in failing schools more options to receive a quality education." Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R Anniston,said.
The Alabama Education Association filed a lawsuit Monday night seeking to stop the legislation that would give parents zoned for "failing" schools an estimated $3,500 income tax credit to help pay for tuition at a private school or another public school.
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Parents of children zoned for failing schools could receive an income tax credit equal to 80 percent of the average annual state cost for attendance of a public K 12 student to offset the cost of private school or a transfer to another public school.
"When the conference committee goes off and takes a break and comes back and they've got a 27 page bill. We're saying they met and had an illegal meeting," said lawyer James Anderson.
for students who are trapped in the failing schools. governor also defended the way the bill was approved.
The Alabama Senate slid into chaos on Thursday as the Republican majority approved the conference committee report over the angry shouts of Democrats.
flexibility we given (with this bill) is the greatest gift we ever given to school systems," Bentley said earlier in the day. Bentley said the existing system is fair New Balance 574 Blue Suede
Sponsor Rep. Chad Fincher, R Semmes, estimated that the tax credit would equal about $3,500. He said it could be used by families at a failing school now and also used by families zoned for failing schools but who have their child enrolled in a private school already.
Republican lawmakers are expected to fight the attempt to block the legislation.
Republicans criticized the lawsuit.
Robert Bentley for his signature today. Bentley planned to sign the bill this afternoon.
don think anything was done unethically or illegally in any way rules of the House we obeyed. The rules of the Senate we obeyed," Bentley said.
"Union boss Henry Mabry will use whatever tactic, no matter how frivolous, to preserve the broken status quo that has failed our state for decades," Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R Auburn, said in a statement.
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failing school is described as one in the bottom 10 percent of statewide reading and math scores, has earned three consecutive D's or an F on upcoming school report cards or is designated by the Department of Education as failing.
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