Jeffco teachers meet with lawmakers over budget issue

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Another lean year in the state of Alabama means more cuts in the education budget.

A group of Jefferson County teachers is going straight to the source to see how the cuts will affect them.
On Thursday night, members of the Jefferson County Chapter of the American Federation of Teachers met with state lawmakers. In addition to cuts in next year's school budget, teachers asked about the possibility of health insurance premium increases.
The Jefferson County School District is considering freezing step pay raises, and teaches say if health insurance costs go up, they will feel a pinch. They're also concerned how budget cuts will impact day to day life in the classroom.

Leaders with the teachers' union say they plan to use information they learned at Thursday's meeting to make a presentation to the health insurance board. That presentation will happen at the end of the month.

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