Alabama high school technology programs bill

The Alabama Legislature is close to approving a plan to borrow $50 million to replace outdated equipment in high school technology programs.

Lawmakers hope giving students better equipment will help make a dent in Alabama's dropout rate.

Bond issue legislation has breezed through the House and a Senate committee with only one negative vote. The tech director for the state Board of Education, Philip Cleveland, said schools have not received state money for equipment since they got $10 million in 2005. He said students in some programs are training on outdated equipment.