Alabama AG says blocking law won’t help students

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) —
Alabama's attorney general is telling a federal judge that blocking the
new Alabama Accountability Act won't help students in failing public
schools.

Attorney General Luther Strange is trying to get U.S.
District Judge Keith Watkins to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Southern
Poverty Law Center on behalf of eight students in failing schools.

The
suit challenges the law on equal protection grounds, saying the law's
transfer provisions aren't open to the students because there aren't any
non-failing public schools or private schools nearby that will accept
transfers.

In legal arguments filed Tuesday, the attorney general
said blocking the law won't give the students the opportunity to get an
education in a non-failing school. He said allowing the law to proceed
may result in more private schools accepting transfers.