House OKs ‘popular’ education budget

Published 11:40 pm Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Alabama House of Representatives Wednesday night passed a $6.4 billion Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget that Rep. Mike Jones, R-Andalusia, said everybody should love.

“Teachers like it, superintendents like it … it’s a good budget,” he said as the House prepared to vote.

The budget provides funds for hiring 150 more teachers in grades 4 through 6 statewide.

The House version increased funds to pre-K programs to by $13.5 million, slightly less than the Senate-approved version which allocated $15 million.

Neither version includes raises salaries for teachers.

The House version now goes back to the Senate for a conference committee. The ETF would be the largest since the 2008 fiscal year.