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The Alabama Education Association's lead Attorney James Anderson says the legal fight is not over regarding the Alabama Accountability Act.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed the bill into law Thursday after the state's Supreme Court lifted a temporary restraining order that had stopped the legislation from reaching his desk. The Act gives students who attend failing schools the option to transfer to a non-failing school. It also includes tax credits for students who would attend private schools.

Anderson tells ABC 33/40 Friday that he still plans to file a lawsuit on grounds of Open Meetings Act violations. He says Republican lawmakers met outside of the conference committee where they drafted and decided on pushing through a different version of the bill. Anderson says he plans to file that lawsuit by March 21. He says he could also file a lawsuit based on what he calls a constitutional violation of a bill being signed without three readings. He says the changed bill signed by Bentley had not been read three times.

"We're disappointed that the Governor, after hearing all the comments, not just what the AEA made, in how this bill was passed, went ahead with the signing. We're certainly disappointed with the [Supreme] Court's ruling but, as the case is, we always respect our Supreme Court's ruling but we don't always have to agree with them," Anderson says.

Bentley said Wednesday the bill has problems, yet it is a historic move for schools across the state.

"Schools are going to have flexibility, flexibility in programs, flexibility how they spend money. It's going to change the schools in the state. There is no excuse anymore for a failing school," said Governor Bentley after signing the bill into law.

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