House committee passes leaner education budget

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - An Alabama House committee has passed their education budget.

As written, the $5.58 billion education budget would provide funds for about 1,100 fewer teachers. That does not mean there will be any layoffs. State Superintendent Joe Morton expects that many teachers to retire or resign and the open positions just will not be filled.

The budget also keeps the school year at its current length, 187 days. It maintains funding for popular programs in reading, math, and science, but it does not include money for new textbooks in most classrooms.

Look for a vote in the full House next week.

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