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BCA Comments On School Choice Bill Ahead of House Vote

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary issued the following statement ahead of Wednesday’s expected House vote on the School Choice and Student Opportunity

“Very simply, we think parents should have a choice” Canary said. “It’s not the silver bullet, but it’s one more component in the holistic approach. Like publicly funded magnet schools that draw students from within districts, charter schools can be an attractive alternative to parents of children who, due to geography, are locked into a situation where they cannot reach their full potential.

“We at the BCA are dedicated to doing our part to improve public education because that is where we will get the next generation of our employees and leaders. I urge the House to vote yes on Senate Bill 45,” Canary said.

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.

Last week, the Senate passed SB 45, the Alabama School Choice and Opportunity Act, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston. It was sent to the House where it was assigned to the House Education Policy Committee and was substituted for the House version, HB 192, sponsored by Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur. SB 45 received a favorable report and was placed on the regular House calendar. A vote by the full House is expected on Wednesday.

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.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2015

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