Senate committee approves education budget

ONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state Senate committee has approved an
education budget that's almost identical to the one that was
approved by the House last week.

The Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee voted
unanimously Tuesday for a nearly $5.5 billion budget for the next
school year. The next stop for the budget is the state Senate.

State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton says the
committee's budget is 99.9 percent like the one approved
unanimously by the House. He says it maintains state-funded
teaching positions and is the best that can be done in tough
economic times.

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