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Advancement and Technology Fund sending $282M to K-12, higher ed
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Advancement and Technology Fund sending $282M to K-12, higher ed

Senate Bill 193 allocates money through the state’s Advancement and Technology Fund, which can be spent on one-time purchases in tech, capital improvements and a few other select expenses. The proposal that passed the Senate distributes nearly $76.3 million to higher education institutions and nearly $206 million to K-12.

Senator looking for fix on tax-filing interest issue
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Senator looking for fix on tax-filing interest issue

the fine print on the Alabama Department of Revenue’s guidance on the topic said that while it can waive late penalties for payments made by May 17, it is “not authorized to waive interest, and any interest accruing from April 15, 2021, through the actual payment date will be due.”

$7.6B education budget moves to House
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$7.6B education budget moves to House

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a record-setting $7.6 billion education budget for 2022. The proposal includes a 2% across-the-board cost of living pay increase for K-12 and community college employees and two other more targeted pay increases for teachers. The bill now goes to...

COVID-19 relief for Alabama education totals more than $4B
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COVID-19 relief for Alabama education totals more than $4B

In all, federal relief money to K-12 and higher education in Alabama will total about $4.5 billion in the three approved by Congress in the last year. About $3.2 billion of that is for K-12 alone, with much of it going directly to local school districts, according to Kirk Fulford, deputy director of the Legislative Services Agency’s Fiscal Division.

What’s on tap today – March 17, 2021
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What’s on tap today – March 17, 2021

It’s another Wednesday committee day, and it will probably go fast with members wanting to avoid getting stuck in the weather. Here’s what’s on tap. The House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections meets  at 9 a.m. and has several election-related bills and Rep. Becky Nordgren’s second attempt at legislation to allow the Legislature to call itself...

Alabama lawmakers look to give math, science teachers more money in 2022 budget
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Alabama lawmakers look to give math, science teachers more money in 2022 budget

By Mary Sell, Alabama Daily News The state’s proposed 2022 education budget will likely get its first committee vote today. Senate education budget committee chairman Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, told Alabama Daily News on Monday that there are some significant changes expected, including about $100 million more for math and science teachers who participate in...

Charter school funding bill advances
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Charter school funding bill advances

Charter schools are public schools run by private or non profit entities that are given special exemptions from education laws in order to enhance quality or specialize in a course of study.