Ala. Legislature OKs dual enrollment scholarships

Alabama-legislature

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Legislature has voted to create a scholarship program to help high school students take technology courses simultaneously at a community college.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Mac Buttram of Cullman cleared the House 100-0 in February and passed the Senate 33-1 on Tuesday. It now goes to the governor.

High school students can currently participate in dual enrollment, but it is usually at their expense. Buttram’s bill allows individuals and businesses to get state income tax credits for donating money to provide scholarships administered by Alabama’s two-year college system. They would get a 50 percent tax credit.

The maximum number of tax credits each year would be $5 million and that could provide $10 million in scholarships.

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