Alabama lawmakers likely to consider school choice legislation this session

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Governor Kay Ivey this week declared School Choice Week in Alabama as Republican state officials call on parents to have more of a say in their child’s education.

Freshman Rep. Susan DuBose says she thinks there could be enough support in the legislature this session to pass a school choice bill.

“I have heard from almost all new legislators that they are in favor of school choice. I heard from our House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter that he is pro-school choice,” DuBose (R-Hoover) said. “I think this is the year.”

DuBose says it is considering sponsoring or co-sponsoring the school choice legislation. She says the goal is to “let the money follow the student” by putting taxpayer money into the neighborhood they choose for their child rather than the neighborhood they live in.

DuBose notes that in part of his Jefferson County district, 17 schools are in the bottom 6% of the state.

“It’s not fair to these students,” DuBose said. “They are surrounded by districts with very, very successful schools. These pupils must therefore be given the opportunity to go to a school and receive the best possible education.

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