Alabama Lawmakers Let Charter School Proposal Die

Friday, May 11, 2012

A legislative panel decided on Thursday to drop efforts to move forward with charter school and school flexibility legislation, which was one of the top agenda items for Republican lawmakers and Gov. Robert Bentley going into this session.

Rep. Phil Williams, R-Huntsville, said he felt like he was speaking at a funeral as he encouraged the House committee that dealt with the issue to carry it over, killing it for this legislative session with only one working day left.

Williams blamed special interests, including the Alabama Education Association and the Alabama Association of School Boards, for killing the legislation.

“If we’re being blamed for being a stumbling block against bad public policy, so be it,” said Henry Mabry, executive secretary of the Alabama Education Association.

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