Judge overturns Alabama Accountability Act

Scales of justice and gavel

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A Montgomery judge has struck down Alabama’s tax credits for parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools.

Circuit Judge Gene Reese ruled Wednesday that the Alabama Accountability Act is unconstitutional. He said it violates the state Constitution’s requirement for the Legislature to have only one subject in a bill.

The Legislature passed the law in 2013. It was challenged in court by members of the state teachers’ organization, the Alabama Education Association.

A group defending the law, the Institute for Justice, says it will appeal the judge’s ruling.

The judge says his ruling will apply prospectively, and it won’t affect the tax credits earned for the 2013-2014 school year.

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