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The Senate budget is a revised version of what Republican Gov. Robert Bentley recommended in February. It spends more on K 12 schools than the governor recommended and less on two year colleges and universities than he proposed. With the changes, K 12 schools would get about 2 percent less than this year and higher education 4 percent Nike Running Shoes Black For Men
While the budget reduces spending on most functions of education for next year, it would give a $2.2 million, or 26 percent, increase to education programs for prisoners. Pittman said the governor recommended that and he agreed because the state is strapped for money to operate prisons.
State fiscal experts anticipate the state revenue available for the next school year will be about the same as this year, but next year budget will have to be smaller because of a law the Legislature passed last year. The reserve law keeps the Legislature from spending all available money in order to build a reserve.
Bentley had Nike Trainers Black And White recommended raising average class size by one half student per class because of budget cuts. That would eliminate more than 1,000 of the state 45,000 teaching positions. The Senate reduced that to four tenths of a student per class, which would eliminate about 900 teaching jobs. Legislators are hopeful that can be done through attrition.
said the Senate favored K 12 schools over higher education because colleges can raise tuition. have done a good job in protecting K 12, Pittman said.
The budget for the 2012 2013 school year is about $150 million, or 2.7 percent, smaller than this year budget.
The Senate voted 31 4 for the $5.5 billion budget for the coming school year. The budget now goes to the House for consideration. The House Ways and Means Education Committee chairman, Republican Jay Love of Montgomery, said he has some concerns about the budget and expects some changes in the House.
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Technology Initiative by 7.7 percent. All three are programs that education officials credit with raising student performance.
Bentley had proposed spending $158 million from the education budget to help the state Medicaid program, which is traditionally financed from the state General Fund budget for state agencies. The Senate deleted that. Pittman said education is underfunded and he did not want to divert large amounts of money to state agencies, even though they have serious financial problems.
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