Bentley said as the economy improves he hopes to commit more dollars to the state's First Class voluntary pre-kindergarten program. The program has been hailed as a model but with a small budget only reaches about 6 percent of Alabama's 4-year-olds.
Bentley has proposed another $12.5 million budget increase which would let the program add 2,000 students. He hopes the money will be available to eventually cover all 4-year-olds.
Bentley declined to assign a letter grade for the first two years.
"It's hard to grade yourself. I think you have to ask the people how they think you're doing," Bentley said.
"I'll really let them make that judgment, and they will."