House Approves School Flexibility Bill
School districts are one step closer to what lawmakers say will give them more freedom and control. After hours of debate, today the House approved the school flexibility bill.
Lawmakers who backed this bill say right now, the state's education system has a "one size fits all" mentality. But they say this bill will change that.
"It is yet again a rouse. A cover-up,. A mask for something else," says Rep. Juandalynn Givan, D-Jefferson Co.
"This bill is a back-door to get charter schools in the state of Alabama, and particularly a way to do away with teachers' tenure," says Holmes. "I don't support that, the Democrats don't support that, and the people in the state of Alabama don't support that."
State School Superintendent Tommy Bice says he supports this bill. He says it will bring more creativity to the classroom.
The Alabama Education Association opposed the school flexibility bill saying it is a back-door approach to charter schools.
A Senate committee approved the bill yesterday adding an amendment similar to Fincher's.
The Senate hopes to vote on the bill in the near future, and Governor Bentley has indicated his support for it.