By PHILLIP RAWLS
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama officials are trying to figure out how much private school tax credits might cost the state if the governor is allowed to sign them into law.
A proponent, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, estimates the credits could be $50 million annually, based on a similar program in Arizona.
An opponent, the Alabama Association of School Boards, says the credits could be as much as $300 million, based on 100% of students in failing schools participating. But no one expects that level of participation.
The Legislature has approved the credits, but the Alabama Education Association is suing over the legislation. A judge has blocked the governor from signing the bill, and the Alabama Supreme Court is considering whether to lift the judge's order.