Lawyers For The State Request Judge Stays Order On Accountability Act

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) - Lawyers fro the state and for a group of parents want families to be able to take advantage of the tax credits and scholarships offered under the Alabama Accountability Act in the upcoming school year.

State Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee and State Comptroller Thomas White filed a motion Thursday morning, requesting Montgomery County Circuit Judge Gene Reese to stay his order blocking the Accountability Act.

Magee and White wrote the injunction, preventing families from taking advantage of the tax credits and scholarships, would cause "irreparable injury" if the stay is not granted.

However, the lawmakers in support of the AAA are less concerned.

"I have a feeling that if it's appealed up to the Alabama Supreme Court the Accountability Act will remain in force," said Senator Dick Brewbaker, of Montgomery.

Last year, only 52 students state-wide transferred to private schools.

Those families qualified for a refunded tax credit of approximately $3,500 to offset tuition.

While those families may worry about how to fund the next years' tuition, Brewbaker has tried to put their minds at ease.

"My message to parents is don't give up your scholarships, hold on to those letters. I think you'll be okay," the Senator assured.

The Accountability Act enabled 719 students across Alabama to leave a “failing” school to a higher-performing school this past school year.

According to statewide numbers tallied by the Alabama Department of Education, Montgomery and Mobile saw the most internal transfers under the new state law.