The governor says running over his own education allies was worth it to get tax credits to help children in failing public schools transfer to private schools.
Gov. Robert Bentley says he and other Republican leaders didn't tell the state school superintendent and other education leaders that they were planning to expand a school flexibility bill into a tax credit bill because they would have opposed it.
School Superintendent Tommy Bice says the final product caught him by surprise and it was not the school flexibility bill that he had endorsed.
Bentley said Friday he was willing to do so because there has been no impetus to turn around failing schools and the bill could start that.
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