By Sen. Linda Coleman Madison
Alabama has 67 counties with 138 separate school systems. Currently, Alabama law states that a city with a population of 5,000 may form its own school system.
Most of Alabama’s schools are countywide and educational resources distributed equally so that all children have access to the same educational opportunities.
The Alabama Educational Trust Fund is the stable source of funding for all Alabama public school systems. Many cities, however, do subsidize their schools through local funding.