(WTVM) - Alabama's Chief Justice says he's not pitting the courts against kids, but he disagrees with how state leaders are handling court funds in the wake of the state's new pre-K program.
Roy Moore says when he last held the Chief Justice position the state's pre-K program did not exist.
The growth of Alabama's Educational Trust Fund allowed $9.4 million to be invested into the state's pre-K program.
Since then, he says the courts have taken a financial hit. The courts are funded through the state's General Fund, and it currently faces an $8.4 million shortfall. He says the state must reallocate resources and fund its court system.
The court system could receive an additional $8 million funding from the General Fund if revenues are good by October.