Civil rights group sues to block Alabama school choice law

Aug. 20, 2013
Southern Poverty Law Center says poor families won't be able to take advantage of provisions that allow students to transfer to private schools

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a lawsuit challenging Alabama's new school choice law. The Birmingham News reports that the center is asking a judge to stop the Alabama Accountability Act from taking effect. The lawsuit argues that private school transfers allowed by the act are inaccessible to Alabama's poor families and will siphon millions of dollars away from public schools. Center President Richard Cohen says poor parents can’t afford private school tuition even with the help of the new tax credit and, even if they could, often don’t have a participating private school near them.

Read the lawsuit. (PDF)

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