Panel kills Ala. charter school bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama House panel has effectively killed a contentious bill that would have allowed the creation of taxpayer-funded charter schools in the state.
The House Ways and Means Education committee declined to vote Thursday on a Senate measure that would have allowed for charter schools. A House version of the bill also was indefinitely postponed Wednesday.
House sponsor Rep. Phil Williams says special interests killed the bill. He says he may try a bill next year to intervene in failing schools.
Senate sponsor Dick Brewbaker says the passion to pass charters wasn't there in his chamber.

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I believe the "postponement of tax payer funded charter schools was the best thing to happen to the state of Alabama. We already pay out enough taxes on food, clothing and shelter. Also, our taxes keep Welfare in full force. The Middle class does not stand a chance. We are taxed out. We are losing our homes. We are the starving. We are becoming the jobless. What more do you want from us? Make the current schools work by providing the necessary funding and giving incentives to the teachers who go above and beyond their teaching responsibilities. Funding for education has been cut, teachers have been laid off, and a new governor has taken over. My mama always said "You should try fixing what you already have before you try going out and wasting more money." I believe this holds true in every situation.

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