School Supply Bill Stalls in Ala. Senate

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Alabama Senate stalled a bill on Tuesday that would give all public school classrooms $300 per year to pay for school supplies.

Democrats who blocked a vote on the measure say $300 isn't enough. Florence Democratic Sen. Tammy Irons offered an amendment to increase the stipend to $1,000. However, the time to vote on the amendment ran out while Irons spoke.

Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Greg Reed says $300 is about all the state can afford. It would come out to about $12.5 million per year.

Alabama Education Association spokesman Jim Wrye says the bill would be a good first step to get teachers what they need.

Gov. Robert Bentley has a separate plan to offer tax credits for teachers who spend their own money on supplies.

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