A lot of opposition groups are sounding off on the actions of the legislature last week, but WHNT News 19 Political Analyst Jess Brown says a new group may emerge as critics, “There is a particular element of this bill that literally is going to require people of one religion in Alabama to pay tuition at a parochial school, at a religion or a church based school with which they many not agree.”
Brown goes on to describe it in-depth, but we’ll help sum it up.
The bill gives tax money to families looking to move children from failing schools.
That means your tax dollars can help put someone else’s child through a religious education with which you might not agree.
Brown explains, “The practical effect of that is that Baptists in Alabama are going to be compensating the tuition of Catholic schools, and Catholics in Alabama are going to be compensating tuition at Baptist schools, and people in the Church of Christ are going to be paying taxes to provide a tuition supplement to a Catholic school.”
Because the legislature unfurled this bill so quickly, Brown says many of the effects still need decoding, and many debates still need to take place.
One of them is whether or not taxpayers should bear the cost of religious education.