Alabama’s Education Spending
A new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities claims only one state has cut K through 12 education funding more deeply than Alabama since the Great Recession began. Officials say, the state’s investments in education this school year is 17.8 percent below 2008 levels. That means Alabama’s state school funding cuts over the last seven years are deeper than in all other states except Oklahoma. The study found the cuts mean Alabama is spending $1,128 less per pupil than it did in 2008. Alabama’s K through 12 spending increased by $16 this year.