The Alabama Senate in an 18-14 vote approved the latest version of a bill to expand the Alabama Accountability Act scholarship program on June 3. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives, according to a report by al.com.
The bill would raise the annual cap on income tax credits, which fund scholarships, from $25 million to $30 million. It also lowers the income level set for families to be eligible to participate in the program to 185 percent of the federal poverty level limit, or roughly $45,000 for a family of four. Students already receiving scholarships could continue to do so if their family income level does not go over 275 percent of the federal poverty level. The bill would require scholarship-granting organizations to file public reports.
Heather Kays ([email protected]) is a research fellow with The Heartland Institute and is managing editor of School Reform News.
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