Ala. House eyes bleak education budget Tuesday

Associated Press - April 12, 2011 6:34 AM ET

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama House will consider a $5.58 billion budget to fund schools in Alabama and a controversial proposal to partly fund the budget by transferring $30 million from a fund that provides telephone service for the deaf.

The education budget is on the agenda for House members to debate when they come into session Tuesday afternoon. Also on the work schedule are several bills to provide funds for the education budget. That includes one that would take money from the fund that finances the phone service for the deaf.

That proposal is opposed by groups that represent deaf Alabama residents. The sponsor, Republican Rep. Jay Love, said the withdrawal from the fund would be for 1-time only and would not prevent any deaf person from receiving the phone service.

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