Educators worry about idea to mix education trust and general fund monies

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Education leaders in north Alabama have been making frequent trips to Montgomery. They are trying to stay on top of what legislators are considering as solutions to money shortages.

Several school superintendents are worried about discussion they’ve been hearing about moving money from the education trust fund to the state general fund.

“A state that doesn’t invest in its children is not investing in the future,” said Craig Ross, Cullman County Schools Superintendent.

School superintendents from Cullman, Limestone and Morgan Counties sat down on Friday afternoon to discuss state budget solutions.

“We are concerned about the increased conversation that’s occurring about un-earmarking and mixing the two funds,” said Tom Sisk, Limestone County Schools Superintendent.

They are so concerned that the superintendents came up with a resolution outlining the cuts educators have already had to endure since 2008.

“Our revenues for technology went from $350 to zero,” said Sisk, reading from the resolution.

“This is just our way of getting involved and putting our name to some information so they can look at it and they can see what we feel is best for the students in our area,” added Bill Hopkins, Morgan County Schools Superintendent.

The educators worried that some legislators see the $300 million in the education trust fund as a sir plus instead of protection after three years of painful proration.

“That rainy day fund was put there to keep from being in proration again,” said Sisk.

He admits no official action has been taken to mix the education and general fund budget but they want legislators to know that taking money away from children should not even be considered.

The superintendents plan to present their resolution to the School Superintendents of Alabama to share with other superintendents across the state.

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