Alabama education budget moves one step closer to Kay Ivey’s desk

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Alabama legislators moved one step closer to sending the Education Trust Fund budget to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk on Tuesday.

Lawmakers in the State House gave final approval to the conference committee report on HB175, a $6.6 billion education budget for Fiscal Year 2019, which starts October 1 on a 98 to 0 vote. It is the largest education budget for Alabama’s schools since the great recession of 2008.

The funding includes a 2.5 percent pay raise for teachers.

The measure now moves to the State Senate for final approval, before it could be sent to Ivey’s desk to be signed into law.