MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is defending the School Flexibility Bill despite harsh criticism.
The bill would provide tax credits to parents who send their children to private schools instead of failing public schools.
Bentley said the bill's goal isn't to support private schools, but improve failing ones.
"The flexibility is important for school systems across the state. It gives them flexibility to really make some significant changes, and what were trying to do is not create private schools, our goal is to make sure we don't have any failing public schools. Now they have the opportunity with the flex to make some significant changes so there's no since to fail," Bentley said.
An attorney for the Alabama Education Association said it will challenge the new law in court.