Education Representatives Answer Alabama Lawmaker Questions About Budgets And Funding.

During budget talks with education representatives last Tuesday, representatives from middle and high-school as well as higher education answered several questions.

Budget Meeting

Several representatives from all grades and levels of education answered several questions by Alabama lawmakers about budget cuts as well as funding and other education-budget question.

Lawmakers had recently received encouraging news about spending from the Education Trust Fund in 2019 will be $6.6 billion. Finance Director Clinton Carter also said that the governor’s budget proposal will also include money for cost-of-living raises for state employees and for education employees.

The state has also funded provided first pre-kindergarten for nearly 17,000 children this year alone although over 30,000 registered children have yet to attend. Interim state superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson, responsible for K-12 education for over 730,000 Alabama student has stated that “The department of education has had its problems.”

Future

A new state superintendent is to be appointed by April according to statements by Dr. Richadson and that the department is investigating the high amount of high-paying salaries. He also stated that “This budget reflects high-priority for classrooms and for supporting teachers, and that’s where the money ought to be.”

The department has also requested almost $150 million during the last meeting in December in order to cover almost 200 teachers and to provide $1500 for classroom requirements like educational materials as well as school transportation for students.

Lawmakers have been requested to increase state funding to increase board-certified teachers pay and to consider providing an additional $20,000 to certified teachers.

Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker stated that it will cost around $30 million to bring all colleges on board on the same system and asked for $5 million in costs.