Former governor leads Ala. scholarship group

Published: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 05:24 PM.

Riley's group is one of nine organizations approved by the state to raise scholarship money.

The Republican majority in the Alabama Legislature passed the Alabama Accountability Act in February over objections from Democrats. The transfer provision took effect with school's fall term.

Alabama has 78 public schools listed as failing. State education officials said 52 students used the new law to transfer from those schools to private schools for the fall term.

The law provides a tax credit of about $3,500 for a family that moves a child under the law. The scholarships are aimed at lower-income families that can't take advantage of the tax credits.

Donations so far indicate the law will get much more use in the future. Through November, nearly 600 Alabama business and individuals had contributed $19.5 million to scholarship organizations.

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