More than two dozen Alabama legislators have taken state officials up on an invitation to visit schools in their districts and talk with students, teachers and school administrators.
Legislators said they were impressed with the teachers and students they met during the visits Tuesday. But several legislators said they were disappointed to find overcrowded classrooms and not enough money for supplies.
Republican Rep. Greg Wren of Montgomery says he's disappointed teachers have to spend so much time filling out paperwork when they could be teaching students.
Democratic Rep. Marcel Black of Tuscumbia said the visits made him feel good about what's being spent on schools and convinced him more is needed.
State schools spokeswoman Malissa Valdes-Hubert said school officials hope lawmakers let the visits guide their actions on education issues.