Teachers Could Lose Jobs After Senate Kills Education Budget

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

School officials in the Wiregrass could face major cutbacks.

Monday night's decision from the State Senate to kill the education budget for the next school year is forcing a special session.

Not only does this cost tax payers thousands of dollars, but it could lead to layoffs for teachers.

Debra Taylor has been working at D.A. Middle School for more than 30 years.

She says hearing Monday night's news about the non-existent education funding is heartbreaking. "I think that education would be number one on all their minds, because you know, we're talking about our future," she said.

And, what makes Taylor even more uncomfortable is that her daughter is in the same boat as many other teachers. "I have a daughter at Hoover and that teaches at Hoover and she was uncomfortable whether her job was going to be around," she added.

The Senate's decision to kill the education budget for next year means many teachers could soon be out of a job.

Ozark City Schools Superintendent Michael Lenhart said, "It affects people in the worst way, at a time when our nation is in a recession. These are the kind of things in an economy like ours, here in Ozark City Schools or Dale County, it’s gonna’ hurt, its gonna’ hurt badly, and there are good teachers that will likely lose their jobs."

Dale County Schools Superintendent Phillip Parker said, "I’m sure today when the teachers woke up and heard the news that there was no budget put; [it was] a lot of stress on them and their families."

Superintendents for Dale County and Ozark City Schools say this puts a major kink in plans for next year.

Both superintendents with the schools say even before the news of the failed education budget, money and courses were already being cut.

They say even more could be sacrificed, making a tough situation even tougher.

There is no word yet on when the special session will begin.

Governor Riley hopes to reach a compromise with the Senate about the budget before the special session begins.

It could take up to 30 days to complete and cost tax payers more than $400,000 dollars.


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