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Families question Gov. Ivey's handling of college PACT program

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has been involved in Alabama politics for quite some time, but her critics aren't excited to see her sworn in as Alabama's newest governor.

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Many fault her for the fall of the state's prepaid college tuition program, PACT.

Alabama's PACT program has a history of issues. The program was supposed to allow parents to prepay for their child's college, but the program collapsed with the stock market in 2008.

One local mother told WAFF 48 News she doesn’t have a good feeling about Ivey being in the new position.

“I don't like her. I would not vote for her for anything, but I don't want her to fail. I don't want the state to fail. But I don't have a good feeling about it," said north Alabama mother Larisa Thomason.

Countless parents around the state have experienced PACT woes for more than a decade.

"Parents and grandparents at PACT board meetings would address the board. They were crying,” Thomason said.

But she said she didn’t feel Ivey responded appropriately.

“You might as well have been saying, ‘blah blah blah.' She didn't change expressions," Thomason said.

Thomason’s family was lucky. They were able to pay what the PACT contract didn't cover their daughter’s college tuition.

Her daughter, Sarah, graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham last year.

And Thomason said while she doesn't place all of PACT's shortcomings on Ivey, she still has her doubts.

"I don't want her term as governor to be PACT 2.0, and we have enough financial trouble as it is,” Thomason said.

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