Everything that Governor Bentley moved from the Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget to the General Fund budget was put back into the ETF budget by the Senate Finance and Taxation – Education committee, with the exception of funding for the Alabama Historical Commission.
Needless to say, that means there is less money for the state Foundation program ($61 million less) and transportation ($30 million less) than requested by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) and recommended by the Governor ($80 million and $18 million less, respectively).
The full Senate could take up the committee’s proposal as early as this week. No word from the House.
Until the numbers are a bit more settled, I’m staying away from in-depth analyses.
Take a look at the numbers, and be sure to spend 15 minutes listening to the discussion in the video below.
Here’s the Legislative Fiscal Office’s comparison for the entire ETF budget. It doesn’t contain the ALSDE budget request.
The Discussion at the April Work Session
Watch the 15-minute discussion below for the update given to the state board of education by Deputy Superintendent Andy Craig at the April work session.
Here are two good articles about the budget the Senate committee approved: one from Tim Lockette at The Anniston Star and the other from the Montgomery Advertiser’s Brian Lyman.