Alabama Senators Continue Debate on Accountability Act
Alabama Senators are continuing their debate over the proposed changes to the state's Accountability Act. According to Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, Senators delayed the vote yesterday until after spring break. Marsh says lawmakers are discussing what percentage of new scholarships to make available for children enrolled in failing schools. Marsh is also seeking to tighten income requirements to focus the program's scholarships on lower income families. His proposal would expand the Accountability Act scholarship program by $10 million dollars.State Senators did approve a plan yesterday to create a new governing board to oversee the state's two-year college system. The bill now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. It would take oversight of the community college system away from the elected state school board and put it in the hands of a new board appointed by the governor.