Proposed amendment would protect AL school systems from unfunded mandates

(Source: MGN Online)
(Source: MGN Online)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Voters will have several proposed constitutional amendments to decide this November. One of them is supported by many local school systems.

Amendment 4 is designed to reduce the number of unfunded mandates faced by the local school systems.

It would require a full two-thirds majority of the legislature to pass any education mandate requiring local school boards to spend large amounts of money. That means $50,000 or more for a single project.

"School boards are the only government entity that aren't protected from unfunded mandates. Amendment 4 will give us that protection. About 15 years ago voters approved a constitutional amendment to give this kind of protection to city councils and county commissions, but school boards were excluded," said Sally Howell, Executive Director of the Alabama Association of School Boards.

Amendment 4 does not require any state funding and would not affect tax rates.

Voters go to the polls Nov. 4.

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