$10M approved for Alabama pre-K program

$10M approved for Alabama pre-K program

MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) - The House gave the education budget final approval Tuesday, with only one dissenting vote.

The budget gives an additional $10-million dollars to the state's pre-K program.

This will allow another 1,800 4-year olds to attend the preschool program. It also allows more money to go towards classroom supplies.

"We got important funding back into the classroom that hasn't been funded since 2008," said Amy Marlowe of the Alabama Education Association. "Funding for things like technology, library enhancement, professional development for our educators. Hopefully we'll be able to get some changes made to the rolling reserve law that will free up monies in years forward for teacher pay raises."

The approved budget didn't include raises for teachers.

The bill now goes to Governor Bentley.

Copyright 2015 WAFF. All rights reserved.