More teachers in grades 4-6 and new funding for school security are among the financial needs for Alabama public schools, State Superintendent Eric Mackey told lawmakers. The budget request also includes more state funding to teach students who are learning English as a second language, and more for school nurses and transportation.
For many, a broader range of career options is only discovered later, near the end of high school or even in college, when the financial clock starts ticking. They must then scramble to make a decision that may not be the right one. Career exploration should be more of a priority in the K–12 world, and it should start in middle school.