Education still needs more funding to get to pre-recession levels

Updated: Apr. 25, 2016 at 6:04 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Many educators say the proposed education budget, that has passed both the Alabama House and Senate, is just the first step in the right direction in getting education to where it needs to be.

Before this year started, Alabama's education cuts had been the second worst of any state since the 2008 recession. According to Alabama Arise, the state still ranks towards the bottom in spending per student.

Now almost no educator is complaining about the proposed budget, especially compared to the budgets in years past. In fact, the budget has $300 million more than just last year's budget.

According to Alabama Arise, when inflation is factored in, the state is still 17 percent below per pupil spending than it was in 2008.

Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh wants to make some changes to the state's education system. Last week Marsh said he wanted to establish some new standards and also implement evaluations for teachers, especially those trying to get tenure.

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