The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 25, 2013

Alabama Senate to address education budgets


Associated Press

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate is turning its attention to the state education budget and a teacher pay raise.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said the nearly $5.8 billion budget will be on the Senate's work agenda when it convenes at 10 a.m. Thursday. He said the work agenda will also include a bill to give K-12 employees a 1 percent cost-of-living raise along with the possibility of a 1 percent bonus if the state's tax collections exceed expectations.

The Republican senator said the Senate may also address his bill to make revisions in a new state law providing private school tax breaks. His bill would make clear that the tax breaks are available to parents whose children are already in private school but are zoned for failing public schools.