MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary issued the following statement Wednesday evening following passage of the School Choice and Student Opportunity, Senate Bill 45:
“I applaud the House and Senate for having the bold leadership to pass this important legislation so quickly in the session,” said Canary. “ “Charter school legislation has been a legislative priority of Alabama’s business community for several years. The fact that parents will no longer be forced to send their child to a failing school because of the zip code in which they live is a huge victory we should all take pride in. I urge Governor Bentley to quickly sign this legislation into law.”
The School Choice and Student Opportunity Act will allow for the first time the creation of public charter schools in Alabama. Currently, Alabama is one of eight states that does not allow for public charter schools.
The Business Council of Alabama is Alabama’s foremost voice for business. The BCA is a non-partisan statewide business association representing the interests and concerns of nearly 1 million working Alabamians through its member companies and its partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. BCA is Alabama’s exclusive affiliate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2015
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