Governor Making Changes to Accountability Act

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By Alabama News Network

The education community hasn't been happy with the private school tax credits since it passed in March. It will take $40 million out of the education budget as it is now.

 
"When you talk about taking money away from public schools you're literally putting a dagger into the heart of the public school programs," said Alabama School Board member Ella Bell. 
 
The governor already signed the bill to give parents of children at failing schools a tax credit to switch them to private schools. Now that there's a replacement bill coming from lawmakers, he's concerned about fixing those failing public schools. 
 
"My concern is whether or not we have failing schools in this state. And you know, taking money out of education. Of course we have less money to pay off the rainy day fund. So we need to look at that and we're going to this week," said Governor Bentley. 
 
Ella Bell didn't like the accountability act in the first place and says moving schools won't solve the problem. 
 
"I don't want to have to move. Carver for example is the school of my neighborhood. I want carver to be as good as any elementary school in this city, in this state. I'm not trying to move." said Bell. 
 
Governor Bentley is still working on what changes he wants with the bill. 
 
"We may do the bill the way we like it and send it back over. But we'll see. WE have not made that final decision yet."


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