Governor Signs Education Budget Into Law

Governor Riley signed a four-point-five billion dollar education budget on Friday that will expand the Alabama Reading Initiative statewide.

The budget increases funding for the Reading Initiative from 12-point-five million dollars this year to 40 million dollars in the fiscal year starting October first. Interim state Superintendent of Education Joe Morton says it will take two years to expand the Reading Initiative to all kindergarten through third grade classrooms statewide. He called the bill signing today "a landmark day." Riley signed the budget at Daniel Pratt Elementary School in Prattville.

The school has had the Reading Initiative for four years. The budget also increases funding for school textbooks, libraries and computers. It also includes nearly 12 (M) million dollars for legislators to pass out to projects in their districts.