Legislators Approve Education Budget

May 18, 2017

Prekindergarten class at the University of North Alabama

Lawmakers in both chambers of Alabama’s legislature have approved an education budget. Now it’s just waiting on Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s signature to go into effect for the upcoming fiscal year.

Lawmakers gave final approval to the $6.4 billion education trust fund early this morning. The budget will keep Alabama’s schools mostly funded at the same levels as this past year, but it does provide for some increases for K-12 schools and other programs.

The budget provides funds to hire an additional 150 teachers in 4th through 6th grades in Alabama public schools. It also gives a $13 million funding increase to the state’s prekindergarten program. Along with federal grants, that should allow for 100 new prekindergarten classrooms to open in the state next year.