Both houses of the Alabama Legislature passed House Bill 84 on Thursday, which would create a school voucher program allowing students who attend failing schools to transfer to private, parochial or other public schools. Gov. Robert Bentley (R) is expected to sign the bill into law on Tuesday.
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“This is an important milestone in school choice and bringing American schooling up to international standards. Congrats to pioneering Alabama.”
Senior Fellow, Education
The Heartland Institute
“Giving kids the ability to depart a school that is failing them is not only an obvious win for kids, but one that four in five Republican and Democratic voters support. Tax-credit scholarships have also already saved taxpayers millions, because they give kids a better education for approximately half (or much less) of what taxpayers would have paid to educate each child who receives one.
“It’s been reported widely and erroneously the proposal is a voucher bill that would send tax dollars to private schools. Actually, tax credit scholarship money never touches state bank accounts, and instead goes directly from private pockets to private institutions. All the legislation does is make such donations tax-deductible, like donations to food banks or cancer research.”
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Managing Editor, School Reform News
“The Alabama legislature’s passage of a voucher bill is a great leap forward for the state’s children. It’s time for education dollars to be tied to children, not bureaucracies.”
Senior Fellow, Education Policy
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