Alabama House passes $6B education budget

Alabama Statehouse

Alabama House members passed a $6 billion state education budget on Thursday by a unanimous vote. Rep. Bill Poole, chair of the education committee said the goal of Senate Bill 179 was to shore up funding to classrooms.

The budget includes a $13 million increase for textbooks and more than $10 million for the Alabama’s nationally-acclaimed Pre-K program.

Lawmakers discussed the budget for less than an hour before voting unanimously for its passage.

The Senate will need to address minor changes to the bill and vote for final approval.