Alabama's Amendment 1 and Education

Four of Alabama's top educators are urging voters to approve Amendment 1 in the election November 4th.

State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton, Two-Year College Chancellor Bradley Byrne, Auburn University President Jay Gogue, and University of Alabama system chancellor Malcolm Portera issued a joint statement Wednesday.

Amendment 1 would expand the state's rainy day fund for the education budget and create one for the general fund budget.

The rainy day fund would alleviate budget cuts when state tax collections fall below expectations.

The four educators say public education could be forced to take a backward step if Amendment 1 fails.


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  • by Mark Location: BHM on Nov 4, 2008 at 11:55 AM
    Vote against it and when you are laying in a hospital bed waiting for a technician to change your diaper and catheterize you, remember it was your funds (or lack there of) that did not educate them properly.
  • by Steve Location: Montgomery on Nov 4, 2008 at 11:18 AM
    1st of all, the education system in Alabama is horrible. Throwing more money at it will not fix the problem. This bill is another cookie jar. What we need is better legislation for accountability on the tax dollars they already have, which are not being used properly. If we can stop the corruption of the education system 1st and then see we need more money, I'm all in favor of this. The teachers are trying the best they can, but we have "too many cheifs, not enough Indians". Use the education fund for what its for before you ask for more.
  • by Michelle Location: New Market on Nov 3, 2008 at 09:44 AM
    I am writing in response to the comment posted by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2008 at 07:17 AM who said that, "School Administrators are just like Politician's They Can Always Find Some Reason to Spend Your Money." He also said that, "Schools Quit teaching Reading Writing and Arithmetic a long time ago.” When did you last step foot inside a local public school? The US Public School System is funded entirely by tax dollars. We pay all of our bills out of this fund, including our teachers, administrators, and support personnel. We purchase textbooks, materials, and supplies necessary to teach thousands of students. As for teaching reading, math, and arithmetic--have you heard of AMSTI or ARI? Both of these programs were implemented in Alabama's schools to improve the teaching of reading, math, and writing. We teachers do the best we can every day to educate the youth of our country, often without the support of individuals like you. By the way, you spelled “Politician's” incorrectly. It should to be plural, “Politicians,” not possessive.
  • by DeDe Location: Lee County on Nov 3, 2008 at 07:33 AM
    I pay to have my child privately educated. The people who will approve this amendment are the ones who don't pay taxes anyway. They are the ones who sit home and expect everything to be free!
  • by a teacher on Nov 3, 2008 at 06:14 AM
    How can you expect us to teach your children if we don't know if we can feed our own? And we can't just teach reading, writing, and arithmetic anymore. If you haven't noticed, this is a new day. And to be able to give our best to your children, we need to know that ours will have a roof over their heads.
  • by RANDY TURNER on Nov 1, 2008 at 01:57 PM
    I DONE MT PATR THURSDAY . I VOTED AGAINST IT
  • by unknown Location: montgomery on Oct 30, 2008 at 07:16 AM
    vote for amendment one
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2008 at 05:17 AM
    What happens after the "Rainy Day Fund" is all spent? More TAXES?? School Administrators are just like Politician's They Can Always Find Some Reason to Spend Your Money!! The Truth of the matter is the money won't benefit the kids anyway as Schools Quit teaching Reading Writing and Arithmetic a long time ago.
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