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Dr. Bice Offers Strategic Plans for Education in Alabama

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HOOVER, Alabama --- Alabama's new state superintendent of education told a group of Hoover educators and parents tonight that "sometimes the best decisions can be made when times are tough and you lack funds."

Tommy Bice, who took over his position Jan. 1, was invited by Rep. Paul DeMarco, R-Homewood, to hold a public forum at the Hoover school district central office during which he discussed the troubled Alabama education system and budget and how he plans to fix them.

"When money is tight, you have to revisit everything involved," Bice said.

Bice said he is staunchly opposed to Gov. Robert Bentley's proposal to unify the state education budget with the operating budget for non-education agencies. The governor has proposed doing that because of a projected shortfall in the General Fund, a major source of money for prisons, courts, Medicaid and other non-education areas of state government.

"I know the governor is under tremendous pressure but I don't support using the education budget to fund the General Fund," Bice said. "That's just moving the pieces around."

Bice told the group he's identified several steps, which he's already moving on, to help improve Alabama's education system.  See more from The Birmingham News here.

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