Lawmakers take $80 million from education trust fund

Lawmakers take $80 million from education trust fund

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Lawmakers voted Tuesday to take $80 million from the education trust fund, and move it to the general fund.
This is their attempt to solve a $200 million shortfall. It's a move that educators throughout the state and here in the Valley say is a bad one.
Tuesday night, educators gathered at Alabama A&M for DELTA Inc's Teacher Efficacy town hall meeting.  It's this type of format, and communication that the organizers say helps improve the education in Alabama.

"It's not just a matter of sending your children to school, and expecting the teachers to do everything, but we need to understand policies and procedures," said Dr. Rachel Dunbar founder of P.O.W.E.R.

And right now, in Montgomery, those elected to to office are making big decisions about Alabama education, in the tune of $80 million. Tuesday afternoon the state House of Representatives and the Senate voted to take $80 million dollars from the education trust fund and move it to the general fund.  

"I believe that we need to stop taking money out of the trust fund and using it for other things, because if we don't educate our children, the children in Alabama are going to be behind," Phyllene Washington with DELTA Inc..

The bill is now on the way to Governor Robert Bentley to sign.

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