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Alabama Senate OKs education budget


April 14, 2015
Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce
Kim Chandler
Tuscaloosa News

Legislation funds pre-K programs but omits pay raises for teachers

The Alabama Senate on Tuesday approved a nearly $6 billion education budget that steers more money to the state’s pre-kindergarten program. Senators approved the Education Trust Fund budget on a 33-0 vote. The spending plan gives modest increases to some state programs but does not provide for a teacher pay raise. It also does not provide a fiscal lifeline that some policy makers wanted to throw to the state’s more troubled budget, the General Fund. The budget provides an additional $13.5 million to Alabama’s often praised pre-kindergarten program. The additional funds are projected to let another 2,600 4-year-olds attend the preschool program.