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Birmingham lawmaker may challenge school flexibility bill

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Rep. John Rogers. Source: WBRC video Rep. John Rogers. Source: WBRC video

A Birmingham lawmaker is threatening to take Alabama's new accountability and flexibility bill to court. Last week Republican lawmakers passed a bill which will allow parents to get tax credits to take their children out of failing school systems.

Alabama Democratic lawmakers oppose the bill because of the loss of tax dollars from public schools in favor of private schools. Rep. John Rogers questions passing the bill at the last moment with major changes in the original bill.

"You are seeing the death knell of public education. it's a death knell for public education. They are trying to kill it because they refuse to pay for education dollars. We need to pay more for education not less," Rogers said.

Supporters of the flex law said it was constitutional but Rogers indicated it may take a court ruling to determine if it's legal or not.

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