Board of education requests $984 million increase for upcoming budget

Alabama board of education asking for millions for 2024 budget
Published: Feb. 24, 2023 at 10:33 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 26, 2023 at 6:33 AM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: This story has been updated to indicate the school board is asking for an increase of $984 million to the 2024 budget.

The Alabama Board of Education submitted its budget proposal to lawmakers this week.

They are requesting a budget increase of $984 million dollars. State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey said they began thinking about their requests this past summer.

There are two main things driving cost: inflation and wanting to invest in their people.

“We depend on our teachers, our school resource officers, our administrators, our counselors, our librarians to take care of children and to manage schools. And we just feel like we need more adults working in schools with children now. And that’s about 80% of our funds, goes to pay for adults,” said Dr. Mackey.

The areas where the state is looking to provide more funding include teacher supplies, school safety, college /career readiness and hiring more teachers, counselors and administrators. The main focus is on early reading and early math.

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