Over the weekend, the Alabama Legislature approved the education budget, which included additional funding for a range of student-centered policies. Although not the $441 million increase originally planned, lawmakers were able to provide a $91 million increase over the FY2020 budget despite significant COVID-19-related budget impacts. Highlights include:
- Early Literacy: The budget provides an additional $26.9 million to improve early literacy and to support the implementation of the Alabama Literacy Act next year. This includes money for additional reading specialists and summer and after-school programs, as well as $9.8 million this year to support teacher training in the science of reading.
- Computer Science: To ensure every Alabama K-12 school can offer a high-quality computer science course next school year, the budget doubles funding for teacher training from $1 million to $2 million.
- Advanced Placement: The budget protects funding for Advanced Placement courses at a total of $7.4 million to cover the exam fees for low-income students.
“During this time of budgetary uncertainty, we applaud Alabama lawmakers for prioritizing the needs of all students from pre-K through graduation. Prioritizing key investments, such as early literacy programs and courses that prepare students entering the workforce with the skills needed in today’s job market, will set Alabama’s students on a path to success in the classroom and beyond. ExcelinEd in Action appreciates the support of Alabama leaders and A+ Education Partnership who are working diligently to serve Alabama students in this challenging environment.”
Tom Greene, ExcelinEd in Action National Legislative Director
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