Ala. private schools don’t want state involvement

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) —
Private and parochial schools want to make sure Alabama's new tax
credits and scholarships for private school attendance don't lead to the
state government having a role in their operations.

They are
concerned about one proposed change in the law that would require
schools accepting the scholarship students to test participating
students and report their scores to the state Revenue Department. The
department would hire a researcher to analyze them and recommend
improvements.

The executive director of the Alabama Christian
Education Association, J. Robin Mears, said the concept of the law is
sound, but schools won't go along with the proposed government
involvement. The director of Catholic education for the Diocese of
Birmingham, Father John McDonald, calls the reporting proposal “a bit
big brotherish.”