Alabama Accountability Act Challenged

The Alabama Supreme Court has heard arguments on the constitutionality of a law that gives low-income families tax credits to pay for private school. A lawyer representing individuals challenging the Alabama Accountability Act said today that it does an end run on Alabama's prohibition of using education funds to support private religious schools.

However, a lawyer representing families using the credits said it supports parents seeking education opportunities for their children, not private schools. Montgomery Circuit Judge Gene Reese ruled the law unconstitutional earlier this year. Parents and some state officials appealed to the high court. Students from seven private schools watched the arguments, today.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule later.

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