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Democrats in the Alabama legislature were joined by over 100 teachers, school support personnel and retirees in a rally held on the front steps of the Alabama State House in Montgomery to promote public education and a cost-of-living pay increase for current and retired educators.
 State leaders in Montgomery have failed our educators and our public schools. We started this session with talk about a pay raise, but this budget actually cuts educators pay by more than $500 per year.
 The House version of the Education Trust Fund removed a one percent pay bonus that was included in the senate version. The House version also reduces the amount of funding the state will pay into educators’ health insurance program (known as PEEHIP), resulting in education employees being forced to pay an additional $500 each year for their health insurance benefits.
 Janice J. Charlesworth, Executive Secretary of the Alabama Education Retirees Association, also addressed the educators who attended the rally, saying, “Our members have gone almost eight years without a cost of living allowance, while everything else has gone up. The increased costs associated with the underfunding of PEEHIP will have a tremendous impact on them financially. Our retired educators are participating in the Friends of Public Education Rally to make their voices heard at the State House.”
 Myself and other legislators also questioned the merits of some of the itemized expenditures in the education budget.
 We found $650,000 for the Department of Commerce, $2.25 Million for an unnecessary teacher liability insurance program, and a million dollars to study medical marijuana, but we can’t find the money to pay for toilet paper and paper towels? What does that say about our priorities?
The Bible says you put your money where your heart is. This budget shows our state leaders’ hearts are not with our public schools or our educators.
Craig Ford
House Minority Leader

We don’t know until you  experience it
I recently experienced a very painful back injury. During recuperation, I came to realize many things concerning gross motor skills, better known as walking.
It was almost in a flash when I felt the excruciating pain move that I realized I could not walk, hardly at all. I could not walk to my car, drive my car to go shopping or even just plain walk.
I could barely manage to do the very necessities of life through pain medication. Then it came to me so real, not ostensible, not a maybe, etc, but a realization that this is the way it is for millions every day who are permanently disabled. Maybe not the pain, that I do not know. I was shocked and a  little sickened at that realization that I had never given the disabled too much thought, not really. Sometimes we just can’t see until we experience it and even then, we know and hope our situation is not permanent.
We wonder at times if maybe many of us may have become a little too isolated from each other, including myself. We are a little too busy with our machines and just our little clique at church and elsewhere.
I heard of a website called “Just Say Hello.” I typed it into Google and read it. It is very informative and insightful. I am not trying to, of course, tell anyone what to do, but I think maybe, as I did, we all might enjoy the read.
I am and was very fortunate to have a few friends who cared and helped me make it through my back trouble. I am and will be forever grateful to all of them. You know who you are. Thank you dear friends.?Thank you.
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