Governor releases $17 million for schools
MONTGOMERY (AP) — Alabama's public schools are getting an extra $17 million to spend because state tax collections are running ahead of expectations.
Gov. Bob Riley announced Friday that his administration is releasing the money to school systems statewide. The money can be used for operating expenses, including utilities and toiletries.
The money was included in a conditional appropriation the Legislature provided in this year's education budget. The governor can release money for conditional appropriations when tax revenue is greater than necessary to fund regular appropriations.
"Because our economy is strong, we're experiencing record growth in the Education Trust Fund and can help schools across Alabama," Riley said in a statement.
The distribution to each school system depends on the number of state-funded teachers it has. The amounts will range from $1.48 million for the Mobile County system to $12,952 for the Linden system.
The Legislature convenes March 6 to begin work on the education budget for the 2007-2008 school year.
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