Alabama Committee Approves Bare-Bones School Budget

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

An Alabama House committee has approved a recession-year education budget that will allow most teachers to keep their jobs. But they will have no money for supplies, students will be using old textbooks, and education employees will be paying more for health insurance.

The House Education Appropriations Committee Wednesday approved a $5.48 billion education budget that is a 3 percent increase over the current year's spending plan.

State education superintendent Joe Morton says the budget will allow most state- funded teachers to keep their jobs. But he said some teaching jobs funded by local school boards could be in jeopardy.

Meanwhile, a Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a $1.5 billion General Fund budget exactly as the governor recommended it.


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