MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama will award nearly $7.3 million in grants to increase the number of children enrolled in its pre-kindergarten programs.
Gov. Robert Bentley announced the grant recipients Wednesday. The spending is part of a $9.4 million funding increase approved by the state Legislature.
Bentley had earlier sought an additional $12.5 million in state funding for the program in Alabama's education budget, though lawmakers ultimately approved less money.
The Republican governor said in a statement that children deserve the opportunity to excel. He called the grants a "wise investment."
State officials are trying to increase enrollment in Alabama's pre-kindergarten program. Only 6 percent of the state's 4-year-olds are enrolled.
The grant funding will be divided among 93 sites across the state.
The full list of expansion grants can be found by clicking this link.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Jameis Winston quickly emerged as one of college football's biggest stars because of his brilliant play, while also charming Florida State fans with his smile and natural charisma.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama State University is interviewing three finalists for its presidency.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled the state prison system can charge work release inmates for providing transportation to their jobs and other associated costs.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their spending in October even though their wages and salaries barely increased, raising questions about how strong the economy will grow at the end of the year.
A little more than two years ago, Henry Josey ripped his left knee to shreds making a cut. He tore the ACL, MCL and patellar tendon on a 2-yard gain against Texas at home, an injury so extensive Missouri coach Gary Pinkel thought it looked…
Family and friends gathered outside the home of Neketa Shepherd Thursday to remember her sister, Michelle Shepherd, who was shot and killed following an Iron Bowl party in Hoover on November 30th.
Global civil rights icon Nelson Mandela, whose legacy is ending South African apartheid, has died.
At a meeting Thursday night, the cemetery plot maps of George Washington Carver Memorial Gardens were available for viewing.