Education budget proposed to increase by $151 million

Education budget proposed to increase by $151 million

The Alabama State Department of Education is requesting $151 million more than their current budget, bringing the state education budget to $4.2 million, according to documents from the Alabama State Department of Education.

The bulk of the request will go toward the state’s Foundation Program, which determines how much state funding each district and school receives. The budget proposes that $137.7 million will go to the former and $11.3 million to the funding of school buses.

AL.com reports that most of the $137.7 million for the Foundation Program will go into the “other current expenses” portion of the Foundation Program’s budget.

It is unclear what the upcoming budget’s OCE money will go toward, but it is expected that much will go toward an expected increase in health and insurance costs and for costs for support personnel, according to AL.com

Teacher raises are not included in the future budget as they are in the current year’s.

State legislators will consider a budget once it is introduced by Gov. Robert Bentley after the legislative session begins on Feb. 7. 

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