Alabama school flexibility bill divided by tenure

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama House and Senate are divided over whether a school flexibility bill should include flexibility with teacher tenure laws.

The House passed a bill Feb. 14 to allow city and county school systems to have flexibility in complying with state education laws, including tenure. The Senate rewrote the bill Thursday to exclude tenure. The House refused to go along with the Senate's changes and sent the bill to a six-member conference committee to try working out the differences.

The executive secretary of the Alabama Education Association, Henry Mabry, says the teacher group supports the Senate's version.

The bill grants city and county school boards flexibility in complying with many state education laws provided they get approval from the state school superintendent and state school board.

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