In a surprising and historic move, the Alabama state legislature passed the state’s first private-school choice plan Thursday evening.

Governor Robert Bentley (R), who is expected to sign the bill next week, called it “the most significant piece of legislation that’s been passed in this Legislature in years,” and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, (R) said, “What we’ve done here today unlocks the doors of choice for parents in failing schools.”

Alabama’s school choice plan provides “income tax credits for families with students in a failing school to attend a non-failing school,” reports “Individuals or businesses who donate to a nonprofit that provides scholarships for students to attend a non-failing school will also be able to receive tax credits.”

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