MONTGOMERY — An additional $318 million for K-12 schools is in Alabama’s 2020 education budget, and lawmakers and education leaders say that money will make tangible differences in local schools.
Gov. Kay Ivey signed the record-setting education budget into law Thursday.
“This budget represents significantly more resources for education,” Senate education budget committee chairman Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, said.
Here’s what some of the new money will mean to K-12 schools.
There’s nearly $190 million more for the K-12 Foundation Program that supports schools’ basic functions. The 2020 total is $3.9 billion. There’s also an additional $27.8 million for transportation. Read more.
The quality of education in Birmingham city schools varies across the city. Some schools, such as Phillips Academy, are rated “A” by the state Department of Education, while the report cards for other schools are not as promising.
Read profiles of some of Birmingham’s lower and highest performing schools.
Education Report Card 2017-2018: A (92)
Failing Schools List: None
Education Report Card 2017-2018: D (64)
Failing Schools List: 2019; 2018; 2017.
Education Report Card 2017-2018: F (51)
Failing Schools List: 2019; 2018; 2017; 2016; 2015; 2014.
Education Report Card 2017-2018: F (58)
Failing Schools List: 2019; 2016; 2015; 2014; 2013
Education Report Card 2017-2018: D (62)
Failing Schools List: 2019
Alabama’s public four-year universities will receive funding increases of between about 6% and more than 12% under the 2020 education budget recently approved by lawmakers.
“I think all of higher education is happy with where we ended up,” Alabama Commission on Higher Education Executive Director Jim Purcell said Wednesday.
During the budgeting process, some university officials and lawmakers expressed frustration over this year’s proposed budget including additional money for a few institutions that had previously been underfunded. Purcell said ACHE was attempting to fix “egregious inequities in funding.” Read more.
A timeline of Birmingham city schools.
1873: Board of School Trustees established
1874: Free School Established (renamed The Powell School 1883)
1883: John H. Phillips, superintendent (First Birmingham Schools superintendent, considered the architect of the first school system)
1. The Birmingham City Schools system has a high number of failing schools as determined by the Alabama Accountability Act.
2. The Birmingham City Schools system is below average, based on a “D” grade on the Alabama Education Report Card for the 2016-2017 school year.
3. The Birmingham City Schools system is doing better, on the upswing.
4. All of the above.
If you chose “4” you may understand how complex it can be to determine the exact state of the city’s school system. Read more.
Read the rest of BirminghamWatch’s special report on Birmingham schools: