School choice supporters gather at Alabama State House

A crowd of school choice supporters rallied outside the Alabama State House on Tuesday, urging lawmakers to pass a school choice bill this session.

They want access to their tax dollars for education to use how they best see fit, whether that means using that money for private or church school or even homeschool.

They say they don’t want their children to be forced to attend a failing public school due to where they live.

Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth (R-Alabama) says he agrees.

“It’s time for Alabama to not be last in the nation on school choice. We want to be first in the nation. This bill’s going to do that and I’m excited that this session, Alabama will be one of the leaders, if not the leader, top leader of the nation on school choice,” he told the crowd.

Many other states have passed some version of school choice, though the details vary from state to state.

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