Prekindergarten Program Set to Expand
The Alabama Legislature has given final approval to the education budget that expands the state's prekindergarten program. The House of Representatives today unanimously approved a conference committee agreement on the spending plan. The budget now goes to Governor Robert Bentley for his signature. The budget steers an additional $10 million to the state's pre-kindergarten program. The increase is projected to enable another 1,800 4-year-olds to attend the public preschool program. Education budget chairman Representative Bill Poole says 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.