Local Educators Not Happy With Proposed Bill

Local Educators Not Happy With Proposed Bill

Local Educators Not Happy With Proposed Bill

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Taking money out of the public school system doesn't sit well with Baldwin County Superintendent Dr. Alan Lee.

"The law is fundamentally flawed because it does not address the issue which is failing schools in Alabama," said Lee.

Lee says the Alabama Accountability Act, which would allow a parent to take their child out of a failing public school and place them in a private school thanks to state tax credits, won't solve the real problem. Instead, it places a band-aid over the issue and he believes the bill would hurt the public schools system in the long run.

"Most of those failing schools are in high poverty areas and there are very few options for those students to move to different schools, to a successful school if you will so what it does it funds the students in the private institutions and those dollars that are used to fund those private institutions come out of the public schools," said Lee.

He's not alone. Others are voicing their concerns with the bill. Some say holding off for another 2 years won't make a difference.

"It would damage every public school's funding because what you have is the legislature saying we're going to take $50 million off the top from the education trust fund budget set it aside for the private school vouchers and that's going to hurt every school system because that reduces by that amount the funding that is going to go to all of the public schools," said Jesse McDaniel with the Alabama Education Association.

 Ultimately it's up to state lawmakers. Governor Robert Bentley is hoping to put the plan on hold for 2 years in order to save the state money for now. The proposed hold goes up for a vote on Monday.

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