— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama House panel has effectively killed a contentious bill that would have allowed the creation of taxpayer-funded charter schools in the state.
The House Ways and Means Education committee declined to vote Thursday on a Senate measure that would have allowed for charter schools. A House version of the bill also was indefinitely postponed Wednesday.
House sponsor Rep. Phil Williams says special interests killed the bill. He says he may try a bill next year to intervene in failing schools.
Senate sponsor Dick Brewbaker says the passion to pass charters wasn't there in his chamber.