$6.6B education budget unanimously passes Alabama House, heads to Senate
MONTOMERY, Ala. —
The Alabama House unanimously passed its 2019 $6.6 billion education budget Tuesday night.
HB 175, the FY 2019 Education Trust Fund, passed by a vote of 102-0 and will move to the Senate for consideration.
This bill allows for a $20 million expansion of the state's voluntary First-Class Pre-K program, adding 142 new classrooms. The bill also gives teachers pay raises and and funds Governor Ivey's Strong Start, Strong Finish education initiatives.
Alabama's First Class Pre-K program has been ranked as the top state-funded pre-kindergarten program in the country by the National Institute for Early Education Research.
The program last saw an expansion in May 2017, when legislators approved additional funding.