published Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh to block plan to delay private school tax credits

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The architect of Alabama’s new private school tax credits intends to block the governor’s proposal to delay the tax breaks for two years.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston said families of children trapped in failing schools need the option of school choice now. Marsh said Thursday he intends to block the governor’s proposal, either by getting the Legislature to reject it or never bringing it up for a vote.

The new law provides tax credits for parents who send their children to private schools rather than public schools rated as failing.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Tuesday he wants to delay the tax breaks until 2015 to give failing schools time to improve. His proposal will be pending on the Legislature’s final meeting day Monday.

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