Ala. Senators negotiating on changes to Accountability Act

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ Alabama State senators delayed a vote on changes to a program that helps some families pay for private school

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says senators are negotiating on what percentage of new scholarships to reserve for children enrolled in failing schools. Senators expected to vote on the bill Thursday, but delayed that until after spring break.

Marsh is seeking a $10 million expansion of the program. Children in public schools designated as failing have priority for scholarships, although so far many recipients have been from other schools.

Marsh said some senators want to earmark most of the new scholarships for children in failing schools.

Marsh is also seeking to tighten income requirements to focus the scholarships on lower income families.