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Gov. Robert Bentley to amend Alabama Accountability Act, delaying tax credit and scholarships

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TUSCALOOSA, AL -

Governor Robert Bentley announced an executive amendment he says is designed to help improve public schools.

The executive amendment to House Bill 658 will call for a two-year delay on the implementation of the tax credit and scholarship portions of the Alabama Accountability Act.

The governor said, "I don't want any failing schools in this state. Alright? I don't want a single failing school. And if we don't have a single failing school, we won't have a single scholarship or a single tax credit, not one. And that's my goal."

Bentley added the tax credit delay will allow the Education Trust Fund, the account where the tax credits would come from, to repay the Education Rainy Day Fund $423 million by the end of the 2015 fiscal year.

But the Alabama Education Association doesn't think more time is the solution to a law they've vocally opposed.

William Tunnell the AEA area director for Tuscaloosa said, "If tax credits began two years from now that would still be too soon. The legislature owes a lot of money to the Rainy Day Fund. The legislature is far behind the curve of making improvements and getting us back to where we need to be."

Tunnell says public education in the state of Alabama is not funded to same level it was before the economy crashed and he thinks this law only hurts public

The executive amendment still has to be submitted to the house and the senate for majority approval. The governor's press says that vote will take place on Monday.

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