Ala. judge plans to rule on school tax credits

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A
judge plans to rule today on whether the governor can sign into law a
bill providing private school tax credits.

Gov. Robert Bentley
had planned to sign the bill Tuesday afternoon, but Montgomery Circuit
Court Judge Charles Price temporarily put that on hold while he
considers a lawsuit filed by the Alabama Education Association.

Price
heard arguments Tuesday afternoon on whether the Legislature violated
Alabama's open meeting law and its own operating rules in passing the
bill in a series of quick votes Thursday night.

Price told attorneys to be back in his courtroom at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when he will give them his decision.

The
bill provides tax credits for parents who move their children from
failing public schools to private schools. Tax credits would help cover
tuition.