Ala. Senate OKs Changes to Accountability Act

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama senators have approved an expansion of a state program that helps some families pay for private school.

The Alabama Senate approved the bill Tuesday on a 20-14 vote after Republicans cut off debate.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said the bill improves the program that he said provides valuable school choice to families.

The Alabama Accountability Act provides income tax credits to donations to the scholarships. The Senate bill expands the yearly cap on donations from $25 to $30 million. It would also increase reporting requirements and tighten income requirements on scholarships recipients.

Tuesday's debate reopened lingering divisions about the program.

Democrats said the program was sold as helping kids in failing public schools but many scholarship recipients never attended those schools.

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