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© Rev. John McDonald, Director of the Department of Catholic Education and Lifelong Formation for the Diocese of Birmingham. (abc3340.com) © Rev. John McDonald, Director of the Department of Catholic Education and Lifelong Formation for the Diocese of Birmingham. (abc3340.com)

A Montgomery County judge Wednesday put in place a temporary restraining order until March 15th on the Accountability Act of 2013, which would give parents the ability to move a child out of a failing public school and into another public or private school.

If Governor Robert Bentley is allowed to sign the act, some private school leaders see its impact as a positive one.

"I can say confidently that it would impact our elementary schools in a positive way and our high schools in a positive way because people who choose that education would have more accessibility because of the aid they would be getting from the state," said Rev. John McDonald, Director of the Department of Catholic Education and Lifelong Formation for the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama.

Rev. McDonald added: "Some of our schools do have waiting lists and some have space to offer right now, so as we wait to find out what will happen, we will try to plan accordingly."

Republican lawmakers plan to file an immediate appeal with the Alabama Supreme Court.

 

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