Alabama Education budget

State Budgets
5:07 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Ala. Senate Delays School Budget Until Next Week

The Alabama Senate postponed discussion over the state's education budget until next week.
Credit Jay Williams / Flickr

Plans to address the education budget Thursday in the state Senate got postponed.

Senate Rules Committee Chairman Jabo Waggoner of Vestavia Hills says the budget was being delayed until next week because of disagreements over a pay raise for K-12 employees and other issues.

Senate budget committee Chairman Trip Pittman of Daphne favors a 1 percent raise with the possibility of a 1 percent bonus. The House approved a 2 percent raise. Pittman says he may come around to the House's view if he sees the raise is sustainable in future years.

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Education Budget
6:27 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Alabama House Oks Education Budget; Pay Hike

The Alabama House has approved a $5.7 billion dollar education budget. It now heads to the Senate.

The Alabama House has adopted a $5.7 billion budget that gives teachers and other education employees their first pay raise since 2008.

The spending plan gives public school employees a 2 percent raise. That's less than the 5 percent increase supported by Democratic lawmakers.

The budget was adopted late Wednesday after more than six hours of debate on the spending plan and a separate pay raise bill.

House members voted 62-37 against a proposed amendment by Democratic Rep. Richard Lindsey of Centre to increase the raise to 5 percent.

2013 Legislative Session
6:55 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Alabama Legislature Back From Spring Break

The Alabama Legislature is returning from its spring break and beginning the second half of its 2013 session.

The House Ways and Means-Education Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the state education budget for Tuesday morning. The House has a proposed work agenda Tuesday afternoon that includes a bill to legalize home brewing of beer and wine.

2013 Legislative Session
6:53 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Budget a Priority for Legislature in 2nd Half

Alabama lawmakers are returning to the Capitol for the second half of the 2013 Legislative session.
The Associated Press

The Alabama Legislature begins the second half of its 2013 session on Tuesday.

Gov. Robert Bentley says his priority for the second half is passing balanced budgets. The former House representative says that's the Legislature's only constitutional duty. A House committee is scheduled to begin work on the education budget Tuesday. The Senate has already approved the General Fund budget and sent it to a House committee.

2013 Legislative Session
6:31 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Alabama Legislature on Spring Break

Alabama lawmakers will return to Montgomery April 2 for the second half of the regular Legislative session.

The Alabama Legislature has wrapped up the first half of its 2013 session and gone on spring break.

Wednesday marked the 15th meeting day of the session. Lawmakers left the capital city Wednesday evening and will return April 2 for their final 15 meeting days.

The issues remaining for the second half of the session include the state education budget and the General Fund budget.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Higher Education Day Rally
6:36 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Alabama Universities Hold Annual Higher Ed Rally

Students from Troy University joined more than 2,000 other students from Alabama's 13 public universities at the Higher Education Day rally in front the Alabama State House in downtown Montgomery on Thursday, March 4, 2010.
TROY photo/Matt Clower

University students from throughout the state are planning to gather at the Statehouse in Montgomery for the annual Higher Education Day Rally.

The event organized by the Higher Education Partnership starts at 11 a.m. Thursday. It traditionally draws more than 2,000 students, faculty, alumni and supporters. The executive director of the partnership, Gordon Stone, says participants will encourage state officials to give higher education a larger percentage of the state education budget.

Governor - Education
4:46 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Gov. Bentley Ups School Funding, Level Funds Others

Governor Robert Bentley proposed budgets gives more to education and keep funding for other state agencies flat
Credit State of Alabama

Alabama's governor is proposing an education budget that gives small increases to all levels of education from kindergarten through college.

Gov. Robert Bentley unveiled his recommended budgets Wednesday. His education budget includes a 2.5 percent pay raise for public school employees and a substantial expansion of Alabama's pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds.

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Alabama Budgets
5:39 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Alabama Governor Says Budgets Improving Slightly

Gov. Robert Bentley says his proposed budgets for the new fiscal year are slightly better than this year's budgets.

Bentley told legislators in his State of the State address Tuesday night that Alabama's economy is improving and that's allowing him to recommend more education spending. His plan includes expanding Alabama's pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds and giving a 2.5 percent cost-of-living raise to teachers. He did not recommend a raise for state employees.

Bentley's finance director, Marquita Davis, will release the details of his budget proposals Wednesday.