Alabama education http://apr.org en Report Ranks Alabama 2nd in School Cuts Since 2008 http://apr.org/post/report-ranks-alabama-2nd-school-cuts-2008 <p>A report by the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says Alabama's cuts to K-12 education are the nation's second worst since the recession began.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The Washington-based group says Alabama's investment in K-12 education has declined 20 percent since 2008, when adjusted for inflation. Only Oklahoma had deeper cuts. The study was based on 2008 because it was the last year before the recession curtailed state tax collections.<br> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:18:01 +0000 The Associated Press 37825 at http://apr.org Report Ranks Alabama 2nd in School Cuts Since 2008 Ala. Awards $7.3M In Grants For Pre-Kindergarten http://apr.org/post/ala-awards-73m-grants-pre-kindergarten <P>Alabama will award nearly $7.3 million in grants to increase the number of children enrolled in its pre-kindergarten programs.</P> <P>Gov. Robert Bentley announced the grant recipients Wednesday. The spending is part of a $9.4 million funding increase approved by the state Legislature.</P> <P>Bentley had earlier sought an additional $12.5 million in state funding for the program in Alabama's education budget, though lawmakers ultimately approved less money.</P> <P>The Republican governor said in a statement that children deserve the opportunity to excel. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:41:52 +0000 The Associated Press 33061 at http://apr.org Ala. Awards $7.3M In Grants For Pre-Kindergarten Alabama Senate Approves Education Budget, Raise http://apr.org/post/alabama-senate-approves-education-budget-raise <p>The Alabama Senate worked late Tuesday night to approve an education budget and a 2 percent pay raise for K-12 employees.<br><br>The Senate voted 22-11 for a nearly $5.8 billion budget that would increase spending slightly on schools next year. Then it voted 18-16 to give teachers a 2 percent raise. Both the budget and the pay raise bill must return to the House for review on Thursday.<br><br>The raise would be the first for K-12 employees since October 2007. It would take effect when the new budget begins on Oct. 1.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 11:55:45 +0000 The Associated Press 29963 at http://apr.org Alabama Senate Approves Education Budget, Raise Alabama Legislator Back Governor's Pre-K Expansion http://apr.org/post/alabama-legislator-back-governors-pre-k-expansion <DIV> <P>Republican and Democratic legislators say Gov. Robert Bentley's plan to expand Alabama's pre-kindergarten program has broad support and will be approved by the Legislature.</P> <P>Bentley called for the expansion in his State of the State address Tuesday night. Senate Democratic leader Vivian Davis Figures said an expansion will provide a solid foundation for Alabama children.</P> <P>Bentley also proposed a 2.5 percent cost-of-living raise for teachers, which would be their first since fall 2007. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:52:20 +0000 The Associated Press 24445 at http://apr.org Alabama Legislator Back Governor's Pre-K Expansion