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List of failing AL schools delayed until next week

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Gov. Robert Bentley is now criticizing the lawmakers who wrote the controversial Alabama Accountability Act, a law that he signed and praised at the time.

"I very much think that bill was a horse that was put together by a committee and it became a camel….And when you put together several bills sometimes they contradict each other and that's what I think happened with this," says Gov. Bentley.

The list of schools that will be considered failing under the law is delayed until next week.

The Governor acknowledged that the state has to answer key questions, like who is eligible for the tax credits and what regulations will come from the Department of Revenue.

He added that the calls for repeal are pointless.

According to www.alhousegop.com, the Alabama Accountability Act does three things:

  1. Allows for flexibility contracts between the State Board of Education and local school districts
  2. Creates tax credits for families with students in a (chronically) failing school to attend a nonpublic school or non-failing public school
  3. Creates tax credits for taxpayers (individuals and businesses) who donate to a nonprofit "scholarship granting organization" that provides scholarships for students to attend a nonpublic school or non-failing public school

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