Reaction to Alabama Supreme Court Dismissing AEA lawsuit


By Ellis Eskew

A bill that would give tax credits for parents to pull their children out of failing public schools and put them in private schools... can now be signed by the governor. The Alabama Supreme Court made the ruling Wednesday.

The Alabama Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit from the Alabama Education Association.

The AEA sued over the way Republicans re-wrote the legislation and pushed it through the legislature.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price temporarily blocked the governor from signing the bill.

The bill provides tax credits for parents who take their children out of "failing" public schools and place them in private schools.

In statements released Wednesday, legislators and government officials reacted to the ruling.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says:
"The Alabama Supreme Court's decision today is... a major win for parents and children trapped in failing schools across the state. I look forward to standing with Governor Bentley as he signs this historic school choice plan into law."

House Minority Leader Craig Ford says:
" Regardless of the legal challenges, Democrats remain committed to repealing this terrible bill, and that will be our first priority if voters elect a Democratic majority to the state legislature in 2014."

Lieutenant Governor, kay ivey says:
 "I am pleased to see the Alabama Supreme Court has dismissed the case blocking education
reform in our state. The Court has upheld separation of powers, a fundamental doctrine of
our Republic which is crucial to the successful operation of state government."

The bill will now go to Governor Bentley to sign.

The attorney for the AEA says he plans to file another lawsuit after the signature.


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Sharon said on Thursday, Mar 14 at 6:13 PM

It is about time students were put first instead of the AEA union. Parents should be able to remove their children from schools that cannot perform up to par or failing to teach the children. Tenure is a disgrace in the school systems. A bad teacher is a bad teacher no matter how you look at it and increasing money to failing schools is not the answer, good teachers are the answer.

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