The Alabama Legislature approved a series of changes to the Accountability Act that includes a new definition of failing schools, but not an income limit on who qualifies for the tax credit for students in those schools.
The Senate approved the legislation on a vote of 21 to 12. Republican Senators Arthur Orr of Decatur and Cam Ward of Alabaster joined independent Harri Anne Smith of Slocomb and nine Democrats in voting no. Orr and Ward had both sought income limits on qualifications.
The remaining Republicans voted for the bill. Democrats Priscilla Dunn of Birmingham and Tammy Irons of Florence abstained.
The House later voted 61 to 41 to approve the changes. Five Republicans — Todd Greeson of Ider; Steve Hurst of Munford; Ron Johnson of Sylacauga; Mike Jones of Andalusia and David Standridge of Hayden — voted against the measure. More...