Higher Education Rally Brings Hundreds To State House

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By Alabama News Network

The students poured through the streets of Montgomery, heading toward the state house to defend their public universities and colleges. 

Governor Robert Bentley took to the podium, showing his support for the state's higher education. 

"You know, higher education is so important in recruiting industry and new high paying jobs to the state. When I go all across the world they ask me about our higher education system and how many engineers we're training, how many teachers we're training. That's very important," said Governor Bentley.
 
Gordon Stone with the higher education partnership says it's about 12 billion dollars every year. And he wants the state to add even more money for public higher education so that number grows even more. 
 
"For 20 years alabama divided the education trust fund into a one-third, two-third ration. They gave two-third to K-12 and one-third to higher ed. That kept it from being a battle internally. And what we're saying to our elected officials, why not use an equitable formula like that that allows us then within each component of education to do the job that we are asked to do," said Stone. 
 
Higher education currently takes up about 26 percent in the education budget being discussed in the state house. 
 
International student Guilherme Rambon was at the rally, hoping more funding means more students like him in Alabama. 
 
"In a majority of colleges in Alabama they pay a higher tuition so it's important, an incentive for more people to go out of the country, bring people from other places to come to Alabama to study," said Rambon.

 

 



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