Pre-K Keeping An Eye On Education Budget
The Alabama senate approves a $5.9 billion education budget, that's about $97 million less than this year's budget. It's now in the hands of the house. School districts are keeping a close eye on what happens Including Troy City Schools
They have a pre-kindergarten program that is only in it's second year. It's expanding which comes with a price tag.
Right now the $440 a month tuition covers one teacher's salary, leaving the school system to come up with funds for the other two teachers and all remaining costs. School leaders and teachers hope lawmakers keep some of the youngest learners in mind when making the final decision on a budget.
Katie Miller, a pre-k teacher said, "Without a basic foundation starting in pre-k and kindergarten, I think that if you don't have that you don't have anything. Because you have to build upon that to get to where you need to go. And if you want to be a lawyer or a doctor, or a lawmaker you have to have a basic foundation which begins in the younger grades."
School leaders are hoping for an increase in funding, but say they will make adjustments either way including applying for grants to help fund the expanding pre-k program.