With another Special Session looming to try and again bail out the General Fund (projected to begin on September 8th), Governor Bentley plans to use money from the Education Trust Fund as the major component of his “fix.” The governor says we need $300 million to fill the hole and that by moving revenue from the Use Tax from education and transferring it to the General Fund we get $225 million.
School has just begun across the state. Children came to school laden with supplies such as toilet paper and Lord knows what else. One grandmother told me she paid $500 in fees for two grandchildren–one in kindergarten and one in first grade.
Yet we have folks in Montgomery who insist that there is a “surplus” in funding for public schools. Apparently they do not visit many schools and talk to many principals and teachers.
Click here to see the governor’s plan. 2nd special session talking points