Judge Allows Parents to Enter AEA Lawsuit

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Montgomery, Ala.

A Montgomery judge is letting three parents intervene in the Alabama Education Association's lawsuit challenging the state's new private school tax credits.

Judge Gene Reese ruled Monday that Tequila Rogers of Mobile and Danyal and Mark Jones of Montgomery can become parties. They support the credits because they chose to enroll their children in private schools rather than failing public schools. They are represented by the Institute for Justice, which has defended school choice laws in several states.

Reese also set a hearing Nov. 14 on a request by state officials to dismiss AEA's suit challenging the Alabama Accountability Act.

The Alabama Legislature passed the act in February. It provides tax credits of about $3,500 per year for families that move their children from failing public schools to participating private schools.