Mark your calendars for March 7, Jefferson county voters. Because that’s the day school officials need voter approval to continue levying two district taxes and two county-wide taxes that provide basic education funding.
The combined taxes produce more than $100 million annually, and that money is shared by each district according to student population.
If you’re headed to the polls, you may be asking: Are these taxes new? And, what exactly is being funded with them?
Birmingham has come a long way, but we still need to make things better for everyone.
This report by NPR, shows that Birmingham, Alabama holds the top 2 spots when comparing poverty by school districts across the U.S. We are the ONLY southern state to make the list. Why? We have divided ourselves into mini-locales that work independently. This leads to some very wealthy school districts and some very poor ones. Is this best for the overall growth and health of the Birmingham area?