MADISON,AL-- State representatives and school officials from Madison City and County Schools had an open dialogue Thursday morning about what the top priorities and concerns for education across the board are; just in time for the legislative session.
"As they go to Montgomery and start looking at our different budgets, it's important that they know, from our perspective, what we consider to be important items for the budget," said Madison City Schools Superintendent Dee Fowler.
After last year's tumultuous legislation, the general fund budget is a concern for all Alabamians. Fowler believes the budget is the top concern when it comes to education too.
"How funding will affect Madison City and Madison County and Huntsville, obviously. We're concerned about Madison County as a whole, it was encouraging to hear our legislators are concerned about that also. We feel like we're on the same page," said Fowler.
Dr. Fowler also encouraged the legislators to push for teacher pay raises.
"Teachers haven't received a pay raise in such a very, very long time. We think they're very deserving as the cost of living continues to rise and their pay doesn't. We think it's time to start looking at what we can do for our teachers," said Fowler.