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Birmingham City Council to Host Press Conference on Amendment 14 Impact

PRESS RELEASE                                                                       Monday, November 7, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

Birmingham – In wake of the potential impact that Constitutional Amendment 14 could have on Birmingham, and specifically on all school systems within Jefferson County, the Birmingham City Council will hold a press conference today at 2 p.m. at Hemphill Elementary School, located at 714 12th St SW, Birmingham, AL 35211. This past Tuesday the Birmingham City Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing Constitutional Amendment 14. In addition to legitimizing a number of bills that don’t comply with Alabama Law, this bill will limit judicial review and significantly reduce the amount of funding that each school district should receive under the existing enabling ordinance. Birmingham City Council President Johnathan F. Austin says it’s crucial that residents understand that their vote determines the future of the school system for students in Birmingham.

“A vote for Amendment 14 will take money from our children and convert it to slush funds for our legislators,” President Austin said. “It further takes over $42 million out of Birmingham and gives those funds to the entire county.”

District 6 City Councilor Sheila Tyson echoed her colleague’s thoughts, noting that it’s important that voters understand all of the facts before heading to the polls Tuesday.

“Our schools have seen an alarming decrease in population in recent years, so it’s smart to assume that we might not get the $4 million dollars we get every year if this bill passes,” Councilor Tyson said. “Only a heartless person would do anything to take away from providing our children with the best learning opportunities. I am asking that everyone come out to this press conference to gain valuable insight on the impact of Amendment 14.”

For media inquiries, please contact Brittany Sharp, Director of Public Information for the Birmingham City Council at (205) 721-5369.