Lawmakers approve state education budget

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The Alabama Legislature has given final approval to the education budget that expands the state’s prekindergarten program.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously approved a conference committee agreement on the spending plan. The budget now goes to Gov. Robert Bentley for his signature.

The budget steers an additional $10 million to the state’s prekindergarten program. The increase is projected to enable another 1,800 4-year-olds to attend the public preschool program.

House Education Budget Chairman Bill Poole said the budget makes classroom spending a priority. The budget does not include raises for state teachers.

Alabama lawmakers are still working on the state’s other budget. The General Fund budget could include funding cuts to state agencies unless lawmakers agree on new revenue sources.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press. 

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