Ala. private schools don’t want state involvement

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Private and parochial schools want to make sure Alabama’s new tax credits and scholarships for private school attendance don’t lead to the state government having a role in their operations.

They are concerned about one proposed change in the law that would require schools accepting the scholarship students to test participating students and report their scores to the state Revenue Department. The department would hire a researcher to analyze them and recommend improvements.

The executive director of the Alabama Christian Education Association, J. Robin Mears, said the concept of the law is sound, but schools won’t go along with the proposed government involvement. The director of Catholic education for the Diocese of Birmingham, Father John McDonald, calls the reporting proposal “a bit big brotherish.”

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