$6.6B education budget unanimously passes Alabama House, heads to Senate

The Alabama House of Representatives unanimously passed the 2019 fiscal year education budget. (MGN)

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.

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