MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) - It’s a newly formed group of educators in northwest Alabama, with a mission to take a stand for their students.
This week the group met for the first time to discuss concerns facing Alabama educators and the upcoming state legislative session.
They call themselves the P-12 Education Task Force.
It’s a group made up of superintendents, teachers, students, and support staff from each school district in Lauderdale, Colbert, and Franklin counties.
They have united to strengthen their reach in Montgomery.
District 18 State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow spearheaded the establishment of the group.
“The educators have got to tell us what strategies or what things need to be done, or what things do not need to be done, so we have a quality education,” Morrow said.
So with two legislative delegates present, the group aired their concerns about a unified budget.
They say the move would combine the general fund budget and the education trust fund, and be detrimental to education.
Task force chairman Bill Jordan said the group will have a pipeline like never before to legislators.
“We can’t let that funding stop educating our students. I think this voice, if we can do it the correct way and do it in a positive way it will affect our students for years to come,” stated Jordan.
And the group says they will work with both political parties to make sure their students get the education they deserve.
The P-12 Education Task Force plans to meet again in February for more discussions on topics facing educators.
They also hope to have the entire northwest Alabama delegation in attendance at the meeting.