BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — In a recent survey by U.S. News and World report, Alabama ranked 49th in the nation for K-12 education.
As Alabamians gear up for another school year, parents are chiming in on what changes they would like to see in their local schools. For many of the parents CBS 42 spoke with, they said that when it comes to education, more is more.
“Just adding more things. Like meditation as a form of discipline. Just more resources. Better food programs. Just all around a big change,” parent Katelyn Croskey said.
Other parents think services like counseling can ensure all students succeed.
“To see more services implemented. Counseling services for troubled kids. Sometimes those can affect scores,” Janelle Sanders said.
Some states, like Utah and Oregon, have passed laws to allow students to take a mental health day. Parents in Birmingham say they would like to see those same laws passed in Alabama.
“How big mental health is, even starting at this age, with bullying and all of that stuff. That’ll be huge,” Croskey said.
If it’s any consolation, Alabama didn’t rank dead last nationwide in education. Last place went to Louisiana.