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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Beverly said on Friday, Feb 28 at 6:30 PM

Yes, no way will I vote to elect those who continue to ignore the wrong that the state of AL did to our PACT kids!

Gbraden said on Thursday, Feb 27 at 10:00 PM

This is all talk-the state failed the Pre-paid PACT holders without blinking an eye. Yet, our great leaders continue to look for opportunities to create scholarship funds for other students. I would caution anyone considering doing business with the state to read the fine print- Oh wait- I did read the fine print and it was a guaranteed contract on which they defaulted. What a nightmare!!!

Alan said on Thursday, Feb 27 at 9:26 PM

If Gov. Bentley thinks higher education is so important than why doesn't he fully honor his contracts with PACT families?

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