- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley has signed the state’s nearly $6 billion education budget for the next fiscal year.

Bentley announced Tuesday that he had signed the spending plan that includes an additional $10 million to expand the state’s prekindergarten program. The increase is projected to enable another 1,800 4-year-olds to attend the public preschool program.

It also provides an additional $13 million for textbooks. The budget does not include raises for state teachers.

Lawmakers are still grappling over what to do with the state’s general fund budget for non-education agencies.

Legislators anticipate a special session after so far failing to agree on how to handle an anticipated $200 million shortfall in the general fund.

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