Choice, Standards Ignite Debate in Alabama
Debate over a pair of education issues in Alabama—the creation of a new program of school choice and implementation of the Common Core State Standards—has featured politically outgunned Democrats, as well as the state schools superintendent and local school boards, fighting Republicans in the courts and the Statehouse.
The tax-credit-based choice program passed by lawmakers at the end of last month targets students at low-performing schools. It drew a storm of protest from Democrats and others who say the Republicans in control of the legislature sneaked the bill through and violated rules to get it passed. Critics call the program vouchers in disguise.
(As of last week, the state teachers' union had won a restraining order in court temporarily blocking Gov. Robert Bentley, a Republican, from signing...
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