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From buses to libraries, 2020 education has more for K-12 schools
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From buses to libraries, 2020 education has more for K-12 schools

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News Montgomery, Ala — An additional $318 million for K-12 schools is in Alabama’s 2020 education budget and lawmakers and education leaders say that money will make tangible differences in local schools. Gov. Kay Ivey signed the record-setting education budget into law on Thursday. “This budget represents significantly more resources...

Universities see significant increases; ‘peer-gap’ formula to continue 
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Universities see significant increases; ‘peer-gap’ formula to continue 

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News Alabama’s public four-year universities will receive funding increases of between about 6% and more than 12% under the 2020 education budget recently approved by lawmakers. “I think all of higher education is happy with where we ended up,” Alabama Commission on Higher Education Executive Director Jim Purcell said Wednesday....

‘Gut check’ session ends, here’s what they did
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‘Gut check’ session ends, here’s what they did

By MARY SELL and CAROLINE BECK,  Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Sen. Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, has been an Alabama lawmaker since 1966. “I’ve been through more sessions that anybody here, and this is one of the toughest sessions ever,” Waggoner said Friday evening as legislators ended the annual law-making stint that began March...

‘Difficult’ budget negotiations ongoing
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‘Difficult’ budget negotiations ongoing

The Alabama General Fund will pay for a health insurance program for low-income children, Senate leaders said Wednesday. But there are still other details in the $2.1 billion budget to be worked out Thursday, which might be the last day of this legislative session.