Federal judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Alabama Accountability Act

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the Alabama Accountability Act and said the students who filed the suit failed to prove the law treats them unequally.

U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins issued a 57-page opinion siding with state officials who were sued.

Eight public school students wanted the judge to block the law, which allows students in failing public schools to transfer to non-failing schools or private schools and their parents to get tax credits to cover the cost. The students, who were represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, contended they are treated unequally because they have no non-failing public schools or private schools nearby and they don't have the money or the transportation to get to schools in other counties.

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