Alabama Education Funding

A new study finds that roughly one-fifth of the state education budget is spent on non-education services such as transportation and grass cutting.

Dr. John Hill authored the study for the Alabama Policy Institute.

The study suggests that privatizing transportation, food service and maintenance could take a financial strain off the education budget and save the state between $50 and $80 million.

That money could then go to public schools. However, Dr. Hill's study did take into account that not all non-education services can be privatized.

But his estimates on savings take those potential failures into account.

The study is being prepared for distribution to all Alabama school superintendents.

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