Private schools don't want state involvement

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) — Private and parochial schools want to make sure Alabama’s new tax credits and scholarships for private school attendance don’t lead to the state government having a role in their operations.

J. Robin Mears, executive director Alabama Christian Education Association, said the concept of the new law is sound, but proposed changes raise concern about state involvement. “What we are looking at is what is in it that could eventually hurt us?” he said.

Randy Skipper, executive director of the Alabama Independent School Association, said he expects many of his 55 member schools to decline to participate if the tax credits and scholarships come with state government involvement. “The whole point is they are independent schools,” he said.

The Legislature passed the Alabama Accountability Act on Feb. 28. It provides tax credits to parents who chose to send their children to a private school or non-failing public school rather than a public school rated as failing. It also gives tax credits to individuals and businesses who donate to organizations that will provide scholarships for children from low-income families who can’t afford private school tuition even though their children qualify to move from failing public schools.  More…


Date: 05/07/13
Category: Political

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