Alabama is a deep red state. The governor and the legislature are Republican.

Yet this past spring, they rejected charter legislation, and the governor announced that he would not raise the issue in the next session.

What happened?

Veteran political observer Larry Lee explains it here.

Although charters have their strongest appeal to conservatives, they contain a contradiction.

The ALEC model legislation for charters says that the state should have a charter board that can override local control.

The idea of eroding local control for the sake of charters didn’t sit well with Alabama Republicans.

Also, every education group in the state opposed the legislation.

But at the end of the day, Alabama Republicans decided not to abandon local control of their public schools.