SB129

By Senator Orr

ENROLLED, An Act,

To make appropriations for the support, maintenance and development of public education in Alabama, for debt service, and for capital outlay for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA:

Section 1. There is hereby appropriated for the support of public education in Alabama for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, for debt service, and for capital outlay to be paid out of funds specified in subsection (a) of Section 2 of this act, the amounts specified in subsections (a), (b), (c), (d), and (e) of Section 3 of this act. For the purpose specified in subsection (b) of Section 2 of this act, amounts are shown by programmatic area and the total for all programs is shown so as to include estimated sources of funds other than those listed in subsection (a) of Section 2 of this act. For the purpose of this act, "ETF" shall mean the Education Trust Fund and "Federal and Local Funds" shall mean all gifts, grants, contributions, or entitlements, including grants by the Congress of the United States, municipalities or counties.

Section 2. (a) The appropriations provided for in this act shall be paid from funds in the State Treasury to the credit of the Education Trust Fund, Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Fund, Impaired Drivers Trust Fund, Driver Education and Training Fund, Special Education Catastrophic Fund, Public School Fund and other listed funds and are hereby made for the support of public education in Alabama for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and the appropriations herein made shall be subject to the provisions, terms, conditions and limitations of the Budget and Financial Control Act (Code of Alabama 1975, Sections 41-4-80 et seq.), the provisions of the Budget Management Act of 1976 (Code of Alabama 1975, Sections 41-19-1 et seq.), and shall be in the amounts hereinafter specified.

(b) Amounts shown hereinunder the columns "Earmarked Funds" and "Appropriation Total" are as set forth for the purpose of establishing amounts estimated to be available by programmatic area from sources other than those listed in subsection (a) of this Section 2, in order, upon consideration of such other funds so estimated to be available, to promote the accountability for an efficient use of funds available, and the same are hereby appropriated by the Legislature. Provided, however, that regardless of the ending date of any pay period which has been or may be established by the Legislature for the payment of salaries of state employees, the entire payment due shall be made from the fiscal year's appropriation in which the pay date falls.

Education Trust FundEarmarked FundsAppropriation Total
Legislative Branch:
Examiner of Public Accounts:
Audit Services Program 6,266,034 6,266,034
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF6,266,034
Total Examiner of Public Accounts6,266,0346,266,034
The above appropriation shall be used for educational audits. The Department of Examiners of Public Accounts is hereby authorized to examine as deemed necessary all appropriations herein made for compliance with the laws of the State of Alabama. Any examination performed shall be in accordance with the provisions of Title 41, Chapter 5, Code of Alabama 1975.
Law Institute, Alabama:
Support of Other Educational Activities Program 650,000 650,000
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF650,000
Total Law Institute, Alabama650,000650,000
Legislative Fiscal Office:
Legislative Operations and Support Program 1,750,000 1,750,000
Of the above appropriation, $850,000 shall be expended for performance and efficiency evaluations of state agencies. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, any funds appropriated for performance and efficiency evaluations of state agencies, which remain unexpended on September 30, 2018, shall not revert to the Education Trust Fund, but shall be reappropriated in the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2018, for performance and efficiency evaluations of state agencies.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF1,750,000
Total Legislative Fiscal Office1,750,0001,750,000
Legislative Reference Service:
Legislative Operations and Support Program 900,000 900,000
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF900,000
Total Legislative Reference Service900,000900,000
Legislature:
Legislative Operations and Support Program 2,848,863 2,848,863
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF2,848,863
Total Legislature2,848,8632,848,863
Executive Branch:
American Legion and Auxiliary Scholarships:
Financial Assistance Program, Estimated 112,500 112,500
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF112,500
Total American Legion and Auxiliary Scholarships112,500112,500
To be expended under the provisions of the Code of Alabama 1975, Sections 16-31-1 through 16-31-4.
Archives and History, Department of:
Historical Resources Management Program 5,573,705 5,573,705
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF5,573,705
Total Archives and History, Department of5,573,7055,573,705
The above appropriation shall be expended to support the educational functions of the Department of Archives and History. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, any of the above funds which remain unexpended on September 30, 2018, shall not revert to the Education Trust Fund, but shall be reappropriated in the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2018, to be expended for bicentennial programs.
Arts, State Council on the:
Fine Arts Program 4,809,496 889,400 5,698,896
Of the above appropriation, $475,000 shall be expended for the Alabama Center for the Arts. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, any of the above funds which remain unexpended on September 30, 2018, shall not revert to the Education Trust Fund, but shall be reappropriated in the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2018, to be expended for bicentennial programs.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF4,809,496
Federal and Local Funds889,400
Total Arts, State Council on the4,809,496889,4005,698,896
Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Department of:
Social Services Program 1,077,148 1,077,148
In accordance with Sections 26-16-1 et seq., Code of Alabama 1975.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF-Transfer1,077,148
Total Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Department of1,077,1481,077,148
Commerce, Department of:
Industrial Development Training Institute Program 56,699,479 56,699,479
Of the above appropriation, $6,965,154 shall be expended for the Industrial Development and Training Program; $5,813,341 shall be expended for the Industrial Training Program - Operations and Maintenance; $750,000 shall be expended for a marketing campaign for technical education; and $43,170,984 shall be expended for Workforce Development, of which $500,000 shall be expended for the Alabama Workforce Training Center and $1,750,000 shall be provided to regional councils to develop leadership strategies in the local areas. Each region will set measurable goals through a planning process to: determine current and future skills needed in the local area; develop seamless educational pathways; and align funding with identified local workforce needs. The Secretary of the Department of Commerce shall report quarterly to the Chairs of the Senate Committee on Finance and Taxation-Education and the House Ways and Means-Education Committee and the Legislative Fiscal Officer any funds expended for industry certification initiatives.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF56,699,479
Total Commerce, Department of56,699,47956,699,479
The funds appropriated for Workforce Development are to be expended for those costs incurred by the State in honoring commitments to pay workforce development costs, including services and other assistance and expenses of recruitment and training of a company's workforce, that are undertaken to induce companies to locate and expand their operations in Alabama (described hereinafter as a "Project") and to develop and implement training, placement and recruitment programs that will improve development and expand the State's workforce. Such costs include, but are not limited to: (i) AIDT operating costs directly related to a Project; (ii) wages and benefits for trainers engaged by AIDT for the purpose of a Project; (iii) costs which the State has agreed to pay under the terms of a Project Agreement with a company that are necessary and reasonable charges incurred by the company or its affiliates for personnel providing training to the company's employees, whether those trainers are employees of the company or its vendors or suppliers, including wages, benefits and travel (domestic and, when necessary, international); (iv) any necessary materials, equipment, manuals, or other relevant training materials; (v) the costs incurred for purchasing or repairing or replacing training tools and equipment; (vi) costs incurred for the purchase or construction and maintenance of training facilities; (vii) travel expenses for prospective and current employees and trainees, including travel, food, lodging, relocation, and other costs necessary and reasonable to enable the company to secure a qualified workforce; and (viii) outside training fees. The above funds appropriated for Workforce Development shall be expended primarily for the training of Alabama residents. It is further the intent that contracts with vendors to provide workforce training shall be inclusive and reflect the racial and gender diversity of the State. The Secretary of the Department of Commerce shall report quarterly to the Chairs of the Senate Committee on Finance and Taxation - Education and the House Ways and Means - Education Committee and the Legislative Fiscal Officer any funds allocated for workforce training. Such report shall include a summary of the persons trained and the vendors providing the training. The report shall contain information including the residence, race and gender of the persons trained and of the principal or majority owner of the firm or business contracted with to provide the training services.
Community College System Board of Trustees, Alabama:
Operations and Maintenance 296,714,074 315,593,054 612,307,128
Auxiliary Enterprises 21,675,882 21,675,882
Restricted Funds 281,772,978 281,772,978
Operations and Maintenance for Postsecondary Prison Education 9,345,629 9,345,629
Of the above appropriation, up to $1,939,901 shall be expended for Therapeutic Education; and up to $2,000,000 shall be expended for the operations and maintenance of the LifeTech Institute in Thomasville.
Adult Education Program 12,399,190 17,867,774 30,266,964
Special Populations Training 4,500,268 4,500,268
For education and training programs to prepare individuals designated as special populations, as determined by the Chancellor, for entry into the workforce through preemployment skills training, and intensive career technical training.
Mine Safety Training Program at Bevill State Community College 350,000 350,000
Postsecondary Education Department - Administration 10,273,567 4,950,973 15,224,540
Postsecondary/Tech Colleges - Truck Driver Training 240,790 2,000,000 2,240,790
Of the above appropriation, $240,790 shall be expended for the Truck Driver Training Program at Central Alabama Community College. The above appropriation from earmarked funds is estimated and shall be expended pursuant to Section 32-5-313, Code of Alabama 1975.
Industry Certification Initiatives 5,867,408 5,867,408
Industry Certification Initiatives funds shall be distributed by the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees. Of the above appropriation, $2,750,000 shall be expended for workforce development initiatives; and $600,000 shall be expended for career coaches.
Marion Military Institute 7,820,936 7,820,936
Alabama Technology Network 4,896,762 4,896,762
Of the above appropriation to the Alabama Technology Network, $503,906 shall be expended for workforce training.
Dual Enrollment 11,300,000 10,000,000 21,300,000
Of the above appropriation, $200,000 shall be expended for a Dual Enrollment Pilot Program at the Murphy University Center. The remaining appropriation shall be expended at the direction of the Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System to continue, expand, and develop career-technical education programs. The Chancellor will work with business and industry partners to allocate the funds in a manner consistent with addressing identified needs in the State of Alabama. Such allocations will further and/or accommodate the continuation and expansion of dual enrollment programs.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Pilot Project 250,000 250,000
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF363,958,624
Dual Enrollment Tax Credit Fund10,000,000
Federal and Other Funds643,860,661
Total Community College System Board of Trustees, Alabama363,958,624653,860,6611,017,819,285
(1) The allocations as set forth above shall be distributed by the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees through the Office of the Chancellor.
(2) The above appropriation from the Education Trust Fund for Operations and Maintenance shall be distributed as follows: $200,000 shall be distributed to Enterprise State Community College Aeronautics School in Albertville; $370,000 shall be distributed to the Alabama Aviation College of which $120,000 shall be for the Andalusia Program; $100,000 shall be distributed to Shelton State Community College for distance support; $80,000 shall be distributed to Bishop State Community College for the welding program at the Carver Campus; $145,000 shall be distributed to Central Alabama Community College for economic development; $125,000 shall be distributed to Lawson State Community College for career training; $147,000 shall be distributed to Gadsden State Community College for economic development; $100,000 shall be distributed to Gadsden State Community College for the Poultry Technology Center in partnership with Auburn University; $250,000 shall be distributed to Trenholm State Technical College for a building trade program and campus security; $450,000 shall be distributed to Northwest-Shoals Community College for an industrial maintenance program; $250,000 shall be distributed to Shelton State Community College for facility modification; $250,000 shall be distributed to Bevill State Community College to be distributed equally between the Hamilton, Sumiton and Jasper campuses in the amount of $83,333 for each campus; $450,000 shall be distributed to Faulkner State Community College for the technology and manufacturing program; $275,000 shall be distributed to Jefferson State Community College for nursing program; $250,000 shall be distributed to Wallace Community College - Dothan for the Center for Economic and Workforce Development; $385,000 shall be distributed to Wallace State Community College - Hanceville for the Incubator Program, the Aviation Center and the Welding Center in Blount County; $350,000 shall be distributed to Calhoun Community College for the Innovation Center Project; $200,000 shall be distributed to Northeast Alabama Community College; and the remainder shall be distributed to each of the colleges, except Marion Military Institute.
(3) The allocation of Adult Education funds appropriated herein is restricted to the provision of services to individuals who are receiving benefits under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Title II of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.
(4) The Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System shall report quarterly to the Chairs of the Senate Committee on Finance and Taxation - Education and the House Ways and Means - Education Committee and the Legislative Fiscal Officer any funds expended for the Alabama Technology Network.
Debt Service:
Payments on Endowments 81,880 81,880
Payments on endowments shall be as follows:
For interest on Auburn University Endowment ...20,280
For interest on University of Alabama Endowment ...61,000
For interest on Grove Hill Endowment ...600
Interest on Public School Fund Endowment 532,864 532,864
Interest on Public School Fund Endowment shall be as follows:
Interest on 16th Section Lands, Estimated ...410,000
Interest on School Indemnity Lands, Estimated ...90,000
Interest on Valueless 16th Section Land ...5,825
Interest on Surplus Revenue ...26,764
Interest on James Wallace Fund ...275
General Obligation Bonds, Series 2010-A, Estimated 4,815,600 4,815,600
General Obligation Bonds, Series 2010-B, Estimated 1,523,350 1,523,350
General Obligation Bonds, Series 2013-A, Estimated 5,757,331 5,757,331
General Obligation Bonds, Series 2014-A, Estimated 10,461,581 10,461,581
Alabama Incentives Financing Authority Bonds, Series 2009-B, Estimated 2,592,886 2,592,886
Alabama Incentives Financing Authority Bonds, Series 2009-A, Estimated 209,862 209,862
Alabama Incentives Financing Authority Bonds, Series 2009-C, Estimated 1,444,250 1,444,250
General Obligation Bonds, Series 2016-A, Estimated 1,770,640 1,770,640
General Obligation Bonds, Series 2016-C, Estimated 3,321,632 3,321,632
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF5,092,272
ETF, Estimated26,886,740
ETF-Transfer532,864
Total Debt Service32,511,87632,511,876
In the event that any of the above bonds are refunded or new General Obligation Bonds are issued, debt service on the newly issued bonds may be paid from the appropriations made above from the Education Trust Fund upon the recommendation of the Director of Finance and the approval of the Governor.
Dental Scholarship Awards, Board of:
Support of Other Educational Activities Program 191,166 191,166
To be expended under the provisions of the Code of Alabama 1975, Sections 16-47-76 through 16-47-81. The Board shall file a report with the Chairs of the Senate Committee on Finance and Taxation-Education and the House Ways and Means-Education Committee, the Legislative Fiscal Officer and the Finance Director on October 1, 2017 regarding the total number of scholarships awarded for the fall term of the 2016-2017 academic year and the institution attended by the scholarship recipients. The report shall also include the name of each scholarship recipient and the number of years the recipient has received a scholarship.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF191,166
Total Dental Scholarship Awards, Board of191,166191,166
Early Childhood Education, Department of:
Social Services Program 79,759,146 23,675,000 103,434,146
The proposed spending plan for the ETF monies included in the above program is as follows:
Office of School Readiness ...77,462,050
Operations and Maintenance ...162,096
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)/First Teacher Home Visiting Program ...2,135,000
Children's Policy Council Program 500,000 500,000
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF79,759,146
Children's Policy Council Fund500,000
Federal and Local Funds23,675,000
Total Early Childhood Education, Department of79,759,14624,175,000103,934,146
It is the intent of the Legislature that the Department notify the members of each local legislative delegation (whenever possible) prior to grants being awarded in each legislative district. The Department shall notify the legislative delegation of the amount of the grant, the recipient of the grant and the date the grant is awarded.
Education, State Board of - Local Boards of Education:
Foundation Program 3,645,558,255 606,033,711 4,251,591,966
Of the above appropriation, $589,667 shall be distributed to the Lawrence County Board of Education and $750,000 shall be distributed to the Blount County Board of Education for repairs to JB Pennington High School due to fire damage.
Transportation Program 339,228,938 339,228,938
The rate per day for two personal days and five sick days for transportation personnel shall be $40.
At-Risk Student Program 20,267,734 20,267,734
Each district shall receive its pro-rata share for each student who is defined as being at-risk of dropping out of school or is performing at an academic level below current grade placement. At-Risk funds may be expended for student programs to improve the efficiency and utilization of technology-based educational resources in the classroom. As a part of the above appropriation for the At-Risk Student Program, there is hereby appropriated $750,000 for the Alabama Student Information Management System (ASIMS). ASIMS will allow the continued support and maintenance of the Information Management System which permits each Local Education Agency and the State Department of Education to comply with all state and federal accountability standards and reporting obligations. Of the above appropriation, $100,000 shall be allocated for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, which shall be used for student tutoring and mentoring. The funds allocated to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program shall not be used for salaries. The program shall file a report on October 1, 2017 with the Department of Education, the Chairs of the Senate Committee on Finance and Taxation-Education and the House Ways and Means-Education Committee, the Finance Director, and the Legislative Fiscal Officer regarding the number of volunteer hours provided statewide and to each local school system for the prior year.
Endowment Interest Program-Public School Fund, Estimated 532,864 532,864
Public School Fund, Estimated 180,000,000 180,000,000
Notwithstanding Section 16-13-234, Code of Alabama 1975, the local boards of education shall request waivers to spend Public School Funds appropriated in this Act, after the payment of pledged debt service or obligated capital projects, for other operating expenses.
Board of Adjustment 750,800 750,800
School Nurses Program 31,184,889 31,184,889
To be distributed so that each school system shall receive one nurse and an additional nurse or fractions of a nursing allocation based upon the average daily membership during the first 20 scholastic days after Labor Day of the preceding school year. The School Nurses Program shall use the following salary matrix to determine nursing salaries, based on 182 contract days. The pay of any part-time employee shall conform to the pro-rata share of the following matrix:
Years ExperienceLPNRNRN/MS
less than 319,61637,31642,916
3 but less than 621,55841,04647,198
6 but less than 922,48642,84349,269
9 but less than 1222,77843,41749,930
12 but less than 1523,18844,20750,835
15 but less than 1823,69745,21451,998
18 but less than 2123,98245,79852,667
21 but less than 2424,26946,38253,342
24 but less than 2724,78546,93553,894
27 or more25,30247,48854,447
Of the above appropriation for the School Nurses Program, there is hereby appropriated $250,000 for the collection and management of statewide student health data, school by school, by means of the Alabama Student Information Management System (ASIMS).
Information Technology Services Program 5,851,369 5,851,369
The above appropriation shall be expended by local school systems towards the position of a District Technology Coordinator that meets the job description and qualifications established by the State Board of Education.
Career Tech Operations and Maintenance 5,000,000 5,000,000
Current Units 9,609,561 9,609,561
The above appropriation includes funds for start-up public charter schools which shall be funded at Foundation Program cost per unit in the same manner as other public K-12 schools.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF4,057,451,546
Federal and Local Funds606,033,711
Public School Fund, Estimated180,532,864
Total Education, State Board of - Local Boards of Education4,057,451,546786,566,5754,844,018,121
Upon certification and approval by the Department's Deputy State Superintendent of the Office of Administrative and Financial Services that the Gardendale City School System is an operational public school system within the State of Alabama, the Department shall ensure that any Foundation Program funds or other state funds allocated to the Jefferson County School System for students that attended and were counted in the Average Daily Membership of the Jefferson County School System and now will attend the Gardendale City School System shall be transferred to the Gardendale City School System for operational expenses.
The above appropriation shall be distributed by the State Board of Education in accordance with the provisions of the Code of Alabama 1975, Sections 16-13-230 through 16-13-239, and all other laws and regulations of the State Board of Education relating to the expenditure of such funds. These funds shall be used to provide a minimum school term of 180 full instructional days, or the hourly equivalent thereof, and for equitable educational opportunities in the public schools of the State. It is the intent of the Legislature that funds appropriated from the Education Trust Fund shall not be used to pay membership dues to any organization/association. Foundation Program calculations for FY 2017-2018 are based on the funding divisors set forth below. Units earned under the Foundation Program shall be employed as regular classroom teachers and assigned by the local board of education. The divisors listed below shall not serve to prescribe pupil-teacher ratios. It is the intent of the Legislature that local boards of education have flexibility in determining where reductions are made. Any reductions made using flexibility of state units must comply with federal comparability and supplanting guidelines. Each district will submit an application for approval by the State Superintendent as to the unit allocation adjustments requested.
Grades K-314.25
Grades 4-621.43
Grades 7-819.70
Grades 9-1217.95
In allocating the funds in the Foundation Program, the State Board of Education shall allot funds based on the rates established as follows:
The Foundation Program shall use the following salary matrix to determine the cost of instructional salaries, based on 187 contract days, or the hourly equivalent thereof, and any part-time contract shall conform to the pro-rata share of the following matrix:
Years Experience BSMS6YDOND
less than 338,34244,09147,54350,99338,342
3 but less than 642,17348,49952,29456,09242,173
6 but less than 944,02050,62254,59958,54744,020
9 but less than 1244,61051,30255,31959,33344,610
12 but less than 1545,42152,23256,32160,41245,421
15 but less than 1846,45753,42657,60761,78546,457
18 but less than 2147,05754,11358,34962,58647,057
21 but less than 2447,65854,80759,09563,38547,658
24 but less than 2748,22555,37559,66563,95448,225
27 or more48,79455,94460,23364,52248,794
Notwithstanding Section 16-13-231.1(d) of the Code of Alabama 1975, there shall not be an appropriation for the 1% over the total cost of instructional salaries for the Foundation Program as calculated by the State Minimum Salary Schedule for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2017. For "Fringe Benefits" the rate per day for two personal days and five sick days (for units earned in the Foundation Program) shall be $60. The Teachers' Retirement System employer rate shall be 12.24% of salaries for Tier I members and 11.01% of salaries for Tier II members. The Public Education Employees' Health Insurance Program (PEEHIP) rate shall be $800 per month for each full-time employee. As funds are appropriated, the appropriation herein shall include funds to pay for substitute support employees for each day a support employee is absent.
For "Classroom Instructional Support," the uniform amounts used in determining the Foundation Program allowance for classroom instructional support shall be: (1) textbooks or digital resources at $54.52 per pupil in average daily membership during the first 20 scholastic days after Labor Day of the preceding school year; (2) classroom materials and supplies at $421.51 per unit earned in the Foundation Program; (3) technology at $211.51 per unit earned in the Foundation Program; (4) professional development at $77.55 per unit earned in the Foundation Program; and (5) library enhancement at $30.44 per unit earned in the Foundation Program. Funds allocated for instructional support units to meet Advanced Education standards may be used for principals, assistant principals, counselors, and librarians as calculated by the State Department of Education and assigned to the schools where such units are earned. An instructional support unit earned for a principal shall be increased by .31 for elementary schools, .35 for middle schools, and .45 for secondary schools and unit schools. An instructional support unit earned for an assistant principal shall be increased by .10 for elementary schools, middle schools, secondary schools and unit schools. An instructional support unit earned for a counselor shall be increased by .03 for secondary schools and unit schools. The budgeting and expenditure of funds in the Foundation Program at the local level shall be determined and made by the local board of education in accordance with rules and regulations of the State Board of Education and all laws governing such school budgets and expenditures.
Education, State Department of:
Administrative Services Program 160,633,410 61,560,405 222,193,815
The proposed spending plan for the ETF monies included in the above program is as follows:
Operations and Maintenance of the Department24,000,000
Children First Trust Fund3,050,000
The above appropriation will be directed by the State Department of Education towards the specialized treatment of students with autism, students with emotional disabilities and students with deficit disorders. The Department may also allocate funds to each local educational agency as a supplemental appropriation based upon the number of students with identifiable disabilities.
Operations and Maintenance for the Alabama Reading Initiative40,799,601
Of the above amount, at least $36,800,000 shall be allocated directly to local boards of education for the employment of reading coaches to work in grades K-3. At a minimum, $80,000 shall be distributed to each local board of education for the employment of a full time reading coach. Remaining funds shall be distributed to each local board of education pro rata based on the number of K-3 schools and/or students as determined by the State Department of Education. All funds are to be distributed and expended for reading coaches to serve grades K, 1, 2, and 3 only. A maximum of $3,999,601 may be retained by the State Department of Education for the employment of state and regional level reading specialists to support the program. It is the intent of the Legislature that funds appropriated for the Alabama Reading Initiative be expended only for the Alabama Reading Initiative Program. The State Superintendent of Education shall report semi-annually to the Chairs of the Senate Committee on Finance and Taxation - Education, the House Ways and Means Education Committee, and the Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Finances and Budgets and the Legislative Fiscal Officer the expenditures for the Alabama Reading Initiative Program. Such report shall include, but not be limited to, the specific amounts expended for professional development, on-site support and for school coaches and support staff for Alabama Reading Initiative purposes only. Flexibility will be given to the State Superintendent to distribute Alabama Reading Initiative resources to the local boards of education on a per pupil in average daily membership basis for the purchase of approved textbooks. No money appropriated for the Alabama Reading Initiative or the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative may be repurposed by the State Superintendent of Education for any other purpose other than those already established herein.
Operations and Maintenance for the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative29,049,318
From the above appropriation, the State Superintendent of Education shall direct AMSTI resources to the districts based on their individual needs. This appropriation shall not be transferred and must be expended in accordance with the intent of the appropriation to each of the eleven AMSTI sites. It is the intent of the Legislature that funds appropriated for the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative be divided based upon the number of classroom teachers served by in-service centers and expended only for the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative Program through established procedures of the most recent year's contractual agreement of each site within the eleven regional in-service center regions. The State Superintendent of Education shall report semi-annually to the Chairs of the Senate Committee on Finance and Taxation - Education, the House Ways and Means Education Committee, the Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Finances and Budgets and the Legislative Fiscal Officer the expenditures for the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative Program. Such report shall include, but not be limited to, the amounts expended for the equipment, materials and supplies needed to teach math and science, as well as the amounts expended for professional development and on-site support. The report shall also include information regarding the effectiveness of the initiative in improving math and science test scores for K-12 students. No money appropriated for the Alabama Reading Initiative or the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative may be repurposed by the State Superintendent of Education for any other purpose other than those already established herein.
State Charter School Commission200,000
Arts Education1,300,000
Alabama Holocaust Commission50,000
Statewide Student Assessment16,405,117
To be expended for expenses directly related to student assessments.
Children's Eye Screening Program and Follow-up Eye Care2,696,460
Of the above appropriation, $1,348,230 shall be used to provide eye screening for students in Grades K, 2 and 4. The method of screening shall be color photo refraction as developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and $1,348,230 shall be used to provide follow-up eye care for Grades K, 2 and 4 students. Follow-up eye care services shall include, but not be limited to, providing assistance in obtaining and coordinating local eye care services for those children identified as needing said follow-up eye care services whether insured, uninsured or underinsured. Children identified as uninsured or underinsured shall be provided with free eye exams and free prescription spectacles. A database including specific data by child, grade, school/system, and services for outcome-based measurement shall be maintained and archived.
Alabama Ear Institute150,000
Governor's Local School and School System Academic and Financial Improvement Program (At-Risk)8,740,633
Military Children Support Plan800,000
English Language Learners Program2,955,334
Based on the 2016-17 school system count supplied to the Alabama Department of Education by each local superintendent of education, the amount herein is appropriated on a per student basis to be utilized by local school boards to provide assistance to students not utilizing English as their native language so they may become proficient in reading, writing and speaking English at the earliest possible time.
Tenure Personnel Hearings200,000
To provide reimbursements for court reporters and hearing officers under the provisions of Title 16, Chapter 24C, Code of Alabama 1975.
Distance Learning20,865,768
Job descriptions shall be developed by the State Department of Education for positions funded by this appropriation. The hiring of personnel shall be monitored by the State Department of Education for compliance with these job descriptions. In addition, these funds shall be used exclusively for the distance learning initiative ACCESS (Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, and Students Statewide). The Department shall allow non-public schools to participate in the ACCESS Program through a fee based program as established by the Department provided that the fees be limited to an amount necessary to cover the actual costs of extending ACCESS instruction to non-public schools. Of the above appropriation, $300,000 shall be used for K-8 curriculum development.
Advanced Placement6,471,179
Catastrophic Special Education Support Allocation 2,150,000
Juvenile Probation Officers750,000
Financial Assistance Program 38,152,513 1,243,848,519 1,282,001,032
The proposed spending plan for the ETF monies included in the above program is as follows:
Southwest School of Deaf and Blind198,865
Pre-School Program (Special Education)1,623,062
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards9,427,424
The above appropriation includes funds to pay salary supplements and related benefit costs for NBCT and other costs of the program. Supplement amounts will be determined by the availability of funds based on the number of National Board Certified Teachers.
Children's Hospital703,546
Of the above appropriation, $400,000 shall be distributed to the Children's Hospital for poison control.
Career Tech Initiative4,115,967
The above appropriation shall be spent on expanding career tech learning opportunities for students and to extend leadership and student organized activities throughout the State as defined by the State Superintendent of Education. Of the above appropriation, $1,700,000 shall be used to expand the Career Coaches Program. Furthermore, not more than $900,000 of the above appropriation shall be first used for agriscience purposes if an adequate number of RFP's are received. Such funds shall be made available through a competitive grant process to pay stipends, salaries, benefits and travel of agriscience teachers who work on a 220 day or less contract provided their duties and activities exceed existing contract length. In the event all the agriscience funds are not applied for, the balance of the $900,000 shall revert to the balance of the appropriation and shall be distributed at the discretion of the State Superintendent of Education for additional career tech initiatives not limited to but including travel and student leadership development activities in other career tech program disciplines. Of the above appropriation, $550,000 shall be expended for the Information Technology Academy and $100,000 shall be expended for the Agribusiness Education Program.
Principal Mentoring Program500,000
The Department shall file a report with the Chairs of the Senate Committee on Finance and Taxation-Education and the House Ways and Means-Education Committee and the Legislative Fiscal Officer on the first day of the 2018 Regular Session regarding the expenditure and usage of the funds appropriated to the Principal Mentoring Program in fiscal year 2017.
Teacher In-Service Centers2,584,080
The State Board of Education, through the State Superintendent of Education, shall administer the In-Service Centers and shall monitor the Centers for compliance with established accountability standards. The above appropriation to the In-Service Centers shall be distributed to the existing eleven In-Service Centers in each geographical area of the state as follows:
University of Alabama
203,625
University of Alabama at Birmingham
281,923
Alabama A and M University
256,858
Alabama State University
221,456
Athens State University
214,479
Auburn University
223,264
Jacksonville State University
218,872
University of Montevallo
229,983
Troy University
232,309
University of North Alabama
198,974
University of South Alabama
302,337
Teacher Professional Development Training1,648,913
This appropriation shall be used to train teachers (K-12) in the use of computers in the classroom. Trainers shall be chosen who can assist teachers in learning computer skills, the use of instructional software and classroom use of the Internet. Trainers shall place emphasis on computer skills and software that will enhance the professional development of math and science teachers. Of the above appropriation, $675,000 shall be used to establish a Middle School Computer Programming Initiative. The Department shall allocate funds through a competitive grant process for local education agencies. Each grant may be used for equipment, professional development, training, and curriculum, and shall not exceed $25,000. Only one grant is available per system. The Department shall provide a report of the initiative to the Chair of the House Ways and Means-Education Committee and the Chair of Senate Committee on Finance and Taxation-Education no later than October 1, 2018.
Jobs for Alabama's Graduates (JAG)800,742
Virtual Library Project2,897,627
The State Department of Education shall serve as the fiscal agent for the Virtual Library Project.
Governor's High Hopes for Alabama Students7,480,287
Of the above appropriation, $950,000 shall be expended to link the Alabama Student Information Management Systems (ASIMS) to provide parents access to student information through a secure parent portal.
Teach for America622,000
It is the intent of the Legislature that funds appropriated for Teach for America be used to employ veterans of the United States Armed Forces where possible.
Alabama Football Coaches Association125,000
No scholarship awarded by the association shall be awarded to a recipient that is an immediate family member of a current football coach.
Alabama Baseball Coaches Association50,000
Helping Families Initiative425,000
Of the above appropriation to the Helping Families Initiative, no funds shall be expended for executive salaries or benefits.
Hudson Alpha Institute - Science Teacher Training750,000
Southern Research Institute 750,000
The above appropriations shall be used to expand the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Educational Outreach Program statewide.
National Board Certification of Teachers450,000
Of the above appropriation, at least $50,000 shall be expended for Accomplished Teaching, Learning and Schools (ATLAS), and at least $50,000 shall be expended for candidate support and professional development during the certification process. The balance of funds shall be expended to provide fee support to candidates seeking certification. Any unused portion of the funds shall be expended for aforementioned candidate support and professional development. Candidates whose annual household income exceeds two times the most recently available median household income for the state of Alabama shall not be eligible for fee support. Priority shall be given to candidates in certificate areas of need as determined by the State Superintendent of Education (e.g. mathematics, literacy, science, early childhood, middle childhood, etc.); candidates who agree to teach at a school with five or fewer National Board Certified Teachers for a period of three years; and additional need criteria determined by the State Superintendent of Education.
Alabama Teacher Mentor Program3,000,000
In each school where there is at least one or more first-year teachers, a mentor teacher shall be identified and recommended by the school principal to the Department of Education based on (1) his or her commitment to collaborative work and (2) he or she having at least five years of teaching experience. The mentor teacher shall be compensated in an amount of no more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) for the academic year for his or her services as a mentor. The Department shall clearly define roles and responsibilities for the mentor teacher to, at a minimum, include (1) requiring at least two meetings per month of the mentor teacher and the first-year teacher during the school year, and (2) requiring mid-year and year-end reporting by the mentor teacher to his or her principal relating to the progress of each first year teacher he or she is mentoring.
Disability Determination for Social Security Program 101,800,927 101,800,927
Gifted Students Program 2,500,000 2,500,000
Of the above appropriation, $750,000 shall be expended for the Gifted Student Grant Program pursuant to Senate Bill 88.
Reading is Fundamental Program 30,000 30,000
Liability Insurance Program 5,000,000 5,000,000
Alabama Science in Motion Program 1,583,796 1,583,796
All funds appropriated to this program shall be expended in accordance with Title 16, Chapters 61B and 61C, Code of Alabama 1975. Additionally any funds unexpended and carried over from prior fiscal years are hereby reappropriated. Of the above appropriation, the State Superintendent of Education shall direct ASIM funding to each site within the Eleven Regional In-service Center regions based on the most recent year's contractual agreements. This appropriation shall not be transferred and must be expended in accordance with the intent of the appropriation of each of the eleven ASIM sites. The State Superintendent of Education shall report semi-annually to the Chairs of the Senate Committee on Finance and Taxation-Education, the House Ways and Means Education Committee, the permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Finance and Budgets and the Legislative Fiscal Officer the expenditures for the Alabama Science in Motion Program. Such report shall include, but not be limited to, the amounts expended for the equipment, materials and supplies needed to teach Biology, Chemistry and Physics, as well as the amounts expended for professional development and for on-site support. The existing Alabama Science in Motion Advisory Committee shall advise the State Superintendent of Education on the operational activities of the ASIM Program. The ASIM Advisory Committee shall remain comprised of six project directors, three ASIM Specialists and three classroom teachers; provided, however, that each of the eleven sites shall be represented by at least one member of the ASIM Advisory Committee. No funds appropriated for the Alabama Science in Motion Program may be repurposed by the State Superintendent of Education for any other purpose other than those already established herein.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF207,899,719
Driver Education and Training Fund4,982,937
Federal and Local Funds1,397,226,914
Special Education Catastrophic Fund5,000,000
Total Education, State Department of207,899,7191,407,209,8511,615,109,570
The funds appropriated above shall not be used to implement standards, programs or student assessments created by the Common Core State Standards Initiative after April 1, 2013.
Educational Television Commission:
Educational Television Program 8,257,250 928,096 9,185,346
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF8,257,250
Federal and Local Funds928,096
Total Educational Television Commission8,257,250928,0969,185,346
Notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, any of the above funds which remain unexpended on September 30, 2018, shall not revert to the Education Trust Fund, but shall be reappropriated in the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2018, to be expended for bicentennial programs.
Executive Commission on Community Services Grants, State:
Community Services Grants Program 6,500,000 6,500,000
Distributed pursuant to Section 29-2-123, Code of Alabama 1975, as amended.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF6,500,000
The above appropriation shall be used for grants that promote public education purposes.
Total Executive Commission on Community Services Grants, State6,500,0006,500,000
Family Practice Rural Health Board:
Family Practice Rural Health Program 2,486,097 2,486,097
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF2,486,097
Total Family Practice Rural Health Board2,486,0972,486,097
Of the above appropriation, at least $131,050 shall be expended for the Auburn Rural Health Program; a minimum of $81,650 shall be expended for the Tuskegee Area Health Education Center (TAHEC); $875,000 shall be expended for the Rural Medical Scholars Program at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa; and $636,350 shall be expended for the Rural Health Program at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Finance, Department of:
Employee Benefits Program 1,739,708 1,739,708
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF, Estimated1,739,708
Total Finance, Department of1,739,7081,739,708
To be distributed by the State Comptroller to the designated beneficiaries or estates for unused sick leave pursuant to Code of Alabama 1975, Section 16-1-18.2.
Fine Arts, Alabama School of:
Financial Assistance Program 7,527,188 730,000 8,257,188
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF7,527,188
Federal and Local Funds730,000
Total Fine Arts, Alabama School of7,527,188730,0008,257,188
Fire Fighters' Personnel Standards and Education Commission, Alabama/Fire College:
Operations and Maintenance 4,382,521 3,291,971 7,674,492
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF4,382,521
Federal and Local Funds3,291,971
Total Fire Fighters' Personnel Standards and Education Commission, Alabama/Fire College4,382,5213,291,9717,674,492
Geological Survey:
Discovery and Development of Mineral, Energy and Water Resources, Geologic Research and Topographic Mapping Program 500,000 500,000
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF500,000
Total Geological Survey500,000500,000
Health, Department of Public:
Public Health Services Program 13,060,003 13,060,003
Of the above appropriation, $528,909 shall be expended for AIDS Alabama; $447,463 shall be expended for the Alabama Kidney Foundation; $600,000 shall be expended for the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility and Impact Alabama; $75,000 shall be expended for the Alabama Commission on Tick Borne Illness and $450,000 shall be expended for the Statewide Trauma System to include $200,000 for a Statewide Stroke System.
Continuing Education for EMT Personnel 1,635,782 1,635,782
With the above appropriation, the Department shall offer performance-based awards to regional EMS agencies for the purpose of providing continuing education to EMTs and strengthening the EMS infrastructure.
Alabama Medical Education Consortium 2,000,000 2,000,000
Of the above appropriation, $385,000 shall be expended for the Rural Alabama Teaching Health Center.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF16,695,785
Total Health, Department of Public16,695,78516,695,785
Higher Education, Alabama Commission on:
Planning and Coordination Services Program 3,252,892 425,000 3,677,892
The proposed spending plan for the ETF monies included in the above program is as follows:
Operations and Maintenance3,252,892
Student Financial Aid Program 12,624,246 12,624,246
(1) Policeman's Survivor Tuition, Estimated250,725
To be expended under the provisions of the Code of Alabama 1975, Section 36-21-105.
(2) Alabama National Guard Educational Assistance Scholarships4,680,000
To be expended in accordance with the Code of Alabama 1975, Sections 31-10-1 through 31-10-4 and Sections 31-10-20 through 31-10-25. Of the above appropriation, $4,055,502 is contingent upon enactment of SB 315 of the 2017 Regular Session, or similar legislation, amending existing laws related to tuition reimbursements and annual scholarship amounts for eligible active members of the Alabama National Guard. In the event legislation is not enacted, the $4,055,502 shall be allocated to each institution of higher education, including community colleges, on a pro rata basis, based on the FY 2018 Education Trust Fund Operations and Maintenance appropriations to institutions of higher education, including community colleges.
(3) Alabama Student Assistance Program2,897,551
(4) Educational Grants Program (Alabama Student Grant Program)4,470,970
To be expended in accordance with the Code of Alabama 1975, Sections 16-33A-1 through 16-33A-11. Private institutions receiving state grant funds under this provision shall make their best effort to use the equivalent of ten percent of Federal Work Study allocations for the purpose of tutoring and mentoring students in grades K-12 to better prepare them for graduation, college entry and retention. Institutions shall work with their respective governing boards to develop and implement this effort.
(5) Math and Science Teacher Education Scholarships325,000
To be expended for the purpose of establishing a college scholarship program in the areas of math and science teacher education, pursuant to rules established by ACHE. It is the intent of the Legislature that scholarships be utilized to reduce the shortage of math and science teachers in Alabama's public schools and improve student performance. ACHE shall submit a report to the Governor and to the Chairs of the Senate Committee on Finance and Taxation-Education and the House Ways and Means Education Committee and the Legislative Fiscal Officer within 60 days after October 1, 2017 regarding the steps being taken to implement this program and shall submit an annual report within 30 days after September 30, 2018 including updates on all aspects of the program.
Support of Other Educational Activities Program 2,444,153 1,671,000 4,115,153
The proposed spending plan for the ETF monies included in the above program is as follows:
(1) Network of Alabama Academic Libraries301,248
ACHE shall provide for the participation of Athens State University in the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries.
(2) Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)624,950
(3) EPSCoR (Research) Program1,143,088
Of the above appropriation, at least thirty percent (30%) shall be expended for the operations and maintenance of the Alabama Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (Alabama EPSCoR). Administrative offices are located at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
(4) Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC)/ Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System (STARS).374,867
To be expended in accordance with Section 16-5-8(e), Code of Alabama 1975. The purpose of AGSC/STARS is to provide Alabama college students with a simplified, seamless, and streamlined transfer process by providing them with accurate transfer information through state-approved transfer guides. STARS is housed at Troy University. The Commission shall work to ensure that dual enrollment courses apply towards a degree where applicable.
Support of State Universities Program 5,241,283 5,241,283
The proposed spending plan for the ETF monies included in the above program is as follows:
(1) Alabama Agricultural Land Grant Alliance5,241,283
Of the above appropriation to AALGA, $4,506,831 shall be distributed as a state match for federal funds for those institutions in the Alliance required to provide matching state funds for the first time in the fiscal year 2000; $539,524 shall be allocated for the McIntire-Stennis Forestry Research Initiative Matching Program; and an additional $194,928 shall be distributed to Tuskegee University for the USDA matching funds.
Support of Other State Programs 5,138,120 5,138,120
The proposed spending plan for the ETF monies included in the above program is as follows:
State of Alabama Humanities Foundation ...330,000
Alabama Forestry Foundation Black Belt Initiative ...267,000
Soil and Water Conservation Committee Program ...1,573,376
Black Belt Adventures ...300,000
Black Belt Treasures ...200,000
Alabama Civil Air Patrol ...75,000
National Computer Forensics Institute ...250,000
Adaptive and Disability Sports Education ...60,000
Resource Conservation and Development Programs (RC and D) ...1,787,744
Motorsports Hall of Fame ...200,000
Alabama Trails Foundation ...95,000
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF28,700,694
Federal and Local Funds2,096,000
Total Higher Education, Alabama Commission on28,700,6942,096,00030,796,694
In addition to the above appropriations, any scholarship funds transferred from the State Department of Education for the Alabama Teacher Recruitment Incentive Program (ATRIP) shall not revert.
Historical Commission, Alabama:
Historical Resources Management Program 900,000 900,000
Of the above appropriation to the Alabama Historical Commission, $300,000 shall be distributed as grants to historical skills centers, cultural heritage parks, sites, commissions, boards, agencies, and authorities that are not owned, operated, or otherwise under the control of the Alabama Historical Commission. Grants will be awarded to entities that reflect an education-based mission and concentrate on educational programming. Preference shall be given to: (i) the Alabama Constitution Village in Huntsville; (ii) battlefields or structures constructed prior to 1840 that are on the National Registry of Historic Places and that are publicly owned; or (iii) any historical school structure. Grant amounts shall not exceed $50,000 for any one entity. The first grant shall be for the Alabama Constitution Village in Huntsville. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, any of the above funds which remain unexpended on September 30, 2018, shall not revert to the Education Trust Fund, but shall be reappropriated in the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2018, to be expended for bicentennial programs.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF900,000
Total Historical Commission, Alabama900,000900,000
Human Resources, Department of:
Human Services Program - Jobs Opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS) Program and Family and Children Services Program 12,952,589 12,952,589
Of the above appropriation, $626,470 shall be expended for Child Advocacy Centers.
Human Services Program - Jobs Child Care and After School Child Care Program and Family and Children Services Program 14,737,203 14,737,203
Of the above appropriation, $175,000 shall be distributed to the Black Belt Eye Care Consortium; $926,114 shall be distributed to the Greater Alabama Child Development Program for rural day care; and $570,932 shall be distributed to the Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center for day care.
Fostering Hope Scholarship Program 3,594,928 3,594,928
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF-Transfer31,284,720
Total Human Resources, Department of31,284,72031,284,720
No funds from the sales tax for the issuance of food stamps shall be reverted by the Department of Human Resources to the Education Trust Fund. Any funds appropriated which are in excess of the amount needed to fund the food stamp program shall be retained by the Department and expended for direct services to children, including the TANF program.
Law Enforcement Agency, State:
Law Enforcement Program 400,000 400,000
The above appropriation shall be expended for an Emergency Alert System. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency shall enter into contracts and cooperative agreements with private individuals, corporations, associations and other organizations to provide an Emergency Alert System. All contracts shall be let by competitive bid to the lowest responsible bidder who satisfies the criteria established by the Agency.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF - Transfer400,000
Total Law Enforcement Agency, State400,000400,000
Library Service, Alabama Public:
Public Library Service Program 7,917,737 3,097,396 11,015,133
Of the above appropriation, a minimum of $4,402,745 is to be distributed to public libraries within the State; $239,432 shall be expended for Homework Alabama; and $250,000 shall be distributed to the Alabama Supreme Court Library.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF7,917,737
Federal and Local Funds3,097,396
Total Library Service, Alabama Public7,917,7373,097,39611,015,133
Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium/Dauphin Island Sea Lab:
Support of Other Educational Activities Program 4,505,262 17,924,650 22,429,912
Of the above appropriation, $76,088 shall be expended for the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program and $76,088 shall be expended for the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF4,505,262
Federal and Local Funds17,924,650
Total Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium/Dauphin Island Sea Lab4,505,26217,924,65022,429,912
Mathematics and Science, Alabama School of:
Financial Assistance Program 6,866,954 1,371,455 8,238,409
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF6,866,954
Federal and Local Funds1,371,455
Total Mathematics and Science, Alabama School of6,866,9541,371,4558,238,409
Medical Scholarship Awards, Board of:
Support of Other Educational Activities Program 1,440,014 400,000 1,840,014
To be expended under the provisions of the Code of Alabama 1975, Sections 16-47-121 through 16-47-129. The Board shall file a report with the Chairs of the Senate Committee on Finance and Taxation-Education and the House Ways and Means-Education Committee, the Legislative Fiscal Officer and the Finance Director on October 1, 2017 regarding the total number of scholarships awarded for the Fall term of the 2016-2017 academic year and the institution attended by the scholarship recipients. The report shall also include the name of each scholarship recipient and the number of years the recipient has received a scholarship.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF1,440,014
Federal and Local Funds400,000
Total Medical Scholarship Awards, Board of1,440,014400,0001,840,014
Mental Health, Department of:
Institutional Treatment and Care of Mental Illness Program 5,279,807 5,279,807
Substance Abuse Program 1,892,794 1,892,794
Special Services Program 1,848,206 1,848,206
Of the above appropriation to the Department of Mental Health for the Special Services Program, the sum of $438,900 shall be allocated for the Alabama Interagency Autism Coordinating Council, of which $225,000 shall be expended for regional centers; and $320,000 shall be expended for Rainbow Omega.
Institutional Treatment and Care of Intellectually Disabled Program 39,474,852 39,474,852
Of the above appropriation to the Department of Mental Health for the Institutional Treatment and Care of Intellectually Disabled Program, the sum of $4,207,409 shall be used to fund ARC-type community-based programs, including the Montgomery Institute for Neurological Development for the intellectually disabled in Alabama; the sum of $320,000 shall be allocated to Camp ASCCA; $3,250,000 shall be used to continue an expansion of services for children and youth with severe emotional disturbances and to provide medically necessary services for Medicaid-eligible children with autism spectrum disorder and $320,000 shall be transferred to the Eagles' Wings Program.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF-Transfer48,495,659
Total Mental Health, Department of48,495,65948,495,659
Nursing, Alabama Board of:
Professional and Occupational Licensing and Regulation Program 616,027 7,191,165 7,807,192
The above appropriation shall be expended pursuant to the provisions of the Code of Alabama 1975, Sections 34-21-60 through 34-21-63. Notwithstanding the limiting provisions of the Code of Alabama 1975, Sections 34-21-60 through 34-21-63, $150,000 of the above appropriation shall be expended exclusively for scholarships for advanced degrees to train instructors to teach nursing classes in Alabama colleges and universities; and $450,000 shall be expended for a loan repayment program for advanced-practice nurses. The Board shall file a report with the Chairs of the Senate Committee on Finance and Taxation-Education and the House Ways and Means-Education Committee, the Legislative Fiscal Officer and the Finance Director on October 1, 2017 regarding the total number of scholarships and loans awarded for the Fall term of the 2016-2017 academic year and the institution attended by the scholarship and loan recipients. The report shall also include the name of each scholarship and loan recipient and the number of years the recipient has received a scholarship or loan.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF616,027
Alabama Board of Nursing Trust Fund7,191,165
Total Nursing, Alabama Board of616,0277,191,1657,807,192
Optometric Scholarship Awards, Board of:
Support of Other Educational Activities Program 135,000 135,000
To be expended under the provisions of the Code of Alabama 1975, Sections 34-22-60 through 34-22-65. The Board shall file a report with the Chairs of the Senate Committee on Finance and Taxation-Education and the House Ways and Means-Education Committee, the Legislative Fiscal Officer and the Finance Director on October 1, 2017 regarding the total number of scholarships awarded for the Fall term of the 2016-2017 academic year and the institution attended by the scholarship recipients. The report shall also include the name of each scholarship recipient and the number of years the recipient has received a scholarship.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF135,000
Total Optometric Scholarship Awards, Board of135,000135,000
Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission, Alabama:
Professional and Occupational Licensing and Regulation Program 249,017 6,218,324 6,467,341
Certified Law Enforcement Academy Program 347,687 500,000 847,687
Of the above appropriation for the Certified Law Enforcement Academy Program, $347,687 of ETF monies included therein shall be expended as follows:
Northeast Police Academy90,398
Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission Law Enforcement Academy at Tuscaloosa90,398
Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission Law Enforcement Academy - Baldwin County90,398
Alabama Police Academy48,677
Montgomery Police Academy27,816
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF596,704
Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Fund - as provided in the Code of Alabama 1975, Sections 36-21-40 through 36-21-516,718,324
Total Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission, Alabama596,7046,718,3247,315,028
Physical Fitness, State Commission on:
Advisory Services Program 1,424,096 12,983 1,437,079
Of the above appropriation, $515,467 shall be expended for the Alabama Sports Festival; $270,000 shall be expended for the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame; and $387,260 shall be expended for the Alabama Sports Council.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF1,424,096
Federal and Local Funds12,983
Total Physical Fitness, State Commission on1,424,09612,9831,437,079
Rehabilitation Services, Department of:
Direct Client Services for the Handicapped Program 42,584,760 138,972,527 181,557,287
The proposed spending plan for the ETF monies included in the above program is as follows:
Homebound5,611,528
Hemophilia1,289,809
Children's Rehabilitation Services11,304,808
Of the above appropriation, the agency will pay to each hospital the standard per diem paid by the Alabama Medicaid Agency for services relating to scoliosis and spina bifida medical care.
Education of Dependents of Blind Parents10,399
The above appropriation shall be allocated for reimbursement to every state institution of higher learning, college, university, community college, or junior college, in which benefits are given to dependents of blind parents under the provisions of Code of Alabama 1975, Sections 16-33-1 through 16-33-12.
Rehabilitation Services13,417,591
Of the above appropriation, $88,213 shall be expended for Teaching Children With Disabilities.
Early Intervention Program8,116,725
Respite Related Services and Training150,000
Rehabilitation Projects1,360,631
Rehabilitation -FMAP1,323,269
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF42,584,760
Alabama Head and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund1,300,000
Federal and Local Funds137,672,527
Total Rehabilitation Services, Department of42,584,760138,972,527181,557,287
The above appropriation to the Department of Rehabilitation Services - Rehabilitation Projects may be used to contract with providers of cerebral palsy services.
Serve Alabama:
Executive Direction Program 350,000 350,000
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF350,000
Total Serve Alabama350,000350,000
Sickle Cell Oversight and Regulatory Commission, Alabama:
Support of Other Educational Activities Program 1,354,701 1,354,701
Of the above appropriation to the Alabama Sickle Cell Oversight and Regulatory Commission, the sum of $25,973 shall be used to fund travel and other expenses of the Alabama Sickle Cell Oversight and Regulatory Commission and $1,328,728 shall be used to fund university and community-based Sickle Cell programs which were funded from the ETF budget in FY 2000. These funds shall be distributed proportionately to the distribution made in FY 2003.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF1,354,701
Total Sickle Cell Oversight and Regulatory Commission, Alabama1,354,7011,354,701
Space Science Exhibit Commission, Alabama:
Special Services Program 1,055,000 31,462,000 32,517,000
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF1,055,000
Federal and Local Funds31,462,000
Total Space Science Exhibit Commission, Alabama1,055,00031,462,00032,517,000
Supercomputer Authority, Alabama:
Information Technology Services Program 6,013,144 5,574,578 11,587,722
The above appropriation is to be expended in accordance with Sections 41-10-390 through 41-10-406, Code of Alabama 1975.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF-Transfer6,013,144
Supercomputer Revolving Fund, Estimated5,574,578
Total Supercomputer Authority, Alabama6,013,1445,574,57811,587,722
Veterans' Affairs, Department of:
Administration of Veterans' Affairs Program 2,497,476 2,497,476
Student Financial Aid Program, Estimated 91,544,687 91,544,687
For reimbursement to every state institution of higher learning, college, university, community college, junior college or technical college in which benefits are given to veterans, their spouses, widows, or children under the provisions of the Code of Alabama 1975, Sections 31-6-1 through 31-6-17.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF94,042,163
Total Veterans' Affairs, Department of94,042,16394,042,163
Youth Services, Department of:
Financial Assistance Program (School District) 6,402,233 6,402,233
The above appropriation shall be expended by the Youth Services Department District in a manner consistent with the funding formula cooperatively established by the Youth Services Board and the State Board of Education pursuant to the provisions of the Code of Alabama 1975, Sections 44-1-70 through 44-1-77.
Youth Services Program 44,813,799 44,813,799
Special Programming for Achievement Network (SPAN) Program 3,565,732 3,565,732
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF54,781,764
Total Youth Services, Department of54,781,76454,781,764
Colleges and Universities:
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, Board of Trustees:
Operations and Maintenance and Program Support 32,448,002 67,847,624 100,295,626
Extension-Urban Affairs and Non-Traditional Land Grant Programs 3,747,897 3,747,897
Pursuant to Knight v. Alabama Final Settlement Agreement.
Agricultural Research Station Fixed Costs 277,573 277,573
Pursuant to Knight v. Alabama Final Settlement Agreement.
Auxiliary Enterprises 15,540,000 15,540,000
Restricted Funds 37,736,724 37,736,724
Agricultural Research and Extension-State Match 1,190,097 1,190,097
The Virginia Caples Learning Living Institute 100,000 100,000
Dormitory Renovations 400,000 400,000
Carter Science Center 100,000 100,000
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF38,263,569
Federal and Other Funds121,124,348
Total Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, Board of Trustees38,263,569121,124,348159,387,917
Alabama A and M University, Board of Trustees-Miles College Consortium:
Alabama A and M University-Miles College Consortium 365,225 365,225
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF365,225
Total Alabama A and M University, Board of Trustees-Miles College Consortium365,225365,225
Alabama State University, Board of Trustees:
Operations and Maintenance and Program Support 42,946,136 57,500,763 100,446,899
The above appropriation for Operations and Maintenance includes the amount of $479,323 for Health Information Management Program, the amount of $520,980 for the Occupational Therapy Program, the amount of $1,630,747 for the Physical Therapy Program, the amount of $1,657,477 for Title VI Program Enhancement, the amount of $2,392,969 for the EdD in Educational Leadership, Policy and Law Program, and the amount of $184,906 for Desegregation Planning, pursuant to the Knight vs Alabama Final Settlement Agreement. Of the above appropriation, $100,000 shall be expended for dormitory renovations. Of the above appropriation $100,000 in the amount of $25,000 per quarter shall be transferred to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences Forensic Services Trust Fund for the building occupied by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences at the Alabama State University campus.
Auxiliary Enterprises 13,783,753 13,783,753
Restricted Funds 26,801,411 26,801,411
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF42,946,136
Federal and Other Funds98,085,927
Total Alabama State University, Board of Trustees42,946,13698,085,927141,032,063
Alabama, The University of, Board of Trustees:
Operations and Maintenance and Program Support for the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa 154,836,324 681,607,773 836,444,097
Of the above appropriation, $786,600 shall be expended by the Alabama Small Business Development Centers; $5,000,000 shall be expended for the Alabama Transportation Institute; $1,000,000 shall be expended for the Insurance Information and Research Center; $1,000,000 shall be expended for the Institute for Automotive Engineering; $360,000 shall be expended for the State of Alabama Water Resource Center; and $600,000 shall be expended for the Rural Health Care Management Pilot Program.
Operations and Maintenance and Program Support for the University of Alabama at Birmingham 263,792,601 2,021,756,976 2,285,549,577
Of the above appropriation, $201,473 shall be expended for the Minority Dental Program; $500,000 shall be expended for the Center for Diabetic Research; $306,765 shall be expended for the High School Athletic Training Program; $500,000 shall be expended for the UAB School of Medicine-Central Alabama Regional Campus; $500,000 shall be expended for the Center for Clinical and Transitional Science; $2,000,000 shall be expended for Genome Alabama in collaboration with the Hudson Alpha Institute; and $1,100,000 shall be expended for the Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance.
Operations and Maintenance and Program Support for the University of Alabama in Huntsville 47,833,247 115,625,048 163,458,295
Of the above appropriation, $850,000 shall be expended for the Alabama Office of the State Climatologist; and $2,700,000 shall be expended for the Technology Innovation Incubator Program.
Special Mental Health and Chauncey Sparks Center for Developmental and Learning Disorders, University of Alabama at Birmingham 3,236,628 3,236,628
School of Optometry Fund-Transfer to University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, estimated 70,000 70,000
Auxiliary Enterprises 232,741,307 232,741,307
Restricted Funds 613,746,981 613,746,981
University of Alabama at Birmingham Cancer Center 5,052,527 5,052,527
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF474,751,327
Federal and Other Funds3,665,548,085
Total Alabama, The University of, Board of Trustees474,751,3273,665,548,0854,140,299,412
Athens State University, Board of Trustees:
Operations and Maintenance and Program Support 12,421,764 19,653,858 32,075,622
Of the above appropriation, $225,000 shall be expended for the Academic Collaboration Program with the Alabama Community College System.
Auxiliary Enterprises 401,000 401,000
Restricted Funds 24,025,000 24,025,000
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF12,421,764
Federal and Other Funds44,079,858
Total Athens State University, Board of Trustees12,421,76444,079,85856,501,622
Auburn University, Board of Trustees:
Operations and Maintenance and Program Support, Auburn University 162,700,206 578,826,972 741,527,178
Auxiliary Enterprises 192,479,529 192,479,529
Restricted Funds 169,731,777 169,731,777
Operations and Maintenance and Program Support, Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station 31,190,127 6,620,166 37,810,293
Operations and Maintenance and Program Support, Alabama Cooperative Extension System 32,520,230 2,161,163 34,681,393
Operations and Maintenance and Program Support, Auburn University at Montgomery 22,994,919 48,480,242 71,475,161
Of the above appropriation, $114,915 shall be expended for the Senior Resource Center.
Auburn Aviation Center 5,000,000 5,000,000
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF254,405,482
Federal and Other Funds998,299,849
Total Auburn University, Board of Trustees254,405,482998,299,8491,252,705,331
Jacksonville State University, Board of Trustees:
Operations and Maintenance and Program Support 38,358,892 68,046,844 106,405,736
Of the above appropriation, $300,000 shall be expended for the Little River Canyon Field School; $700,000 shall be expended for the Center for Manufacturing Support; $500,000 shall be expended for the Center for Applied Forensics; $250,000 shall be expended for the Center for Law Enforcement Best Practices; and $100,000 shall be expended for the Economic Development Initiative. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, any amount appropriated to Jacksonville State University for the Little River Canyon Field School, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, which is unexpended shall remain at Jacksonville State University to be expended for the Little River Canyon Field School.
Auxiliary Enterprises 12,238,041 12,238,041
Restricted Funds 61,438,891 61,438,891
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF38,358,892
Federal and Other Funds141,723,776
Total Jacksonville State University, Board of Trustees38,358,892141,723,776180,082,668
Montevallo, University of, Board of Trustees:
Operations and Maintenance and Program Support 19,703,151 40,088,611 59,791,762
Of the above appropriation, $1,000,000 shall be expended for the upgrade of facilities.
Auxiliary Enterprises 7,342,136 7,342,136
Restricted Funds 11,902,414 11,902,414
American Village 75,000 75,000
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF19,778,151
Federal and Other Funds59,333,161
Total Montevallo, University of, Board of Trustees19,778,15159,333,16179,111,312
North Alabama, University of, Board of Trustees:
Operations and Maintenance and Program Support 28,186,242 63,541,026 91,727,268
Of the above appropriation, $1,000,000 shall be expended for the Nursing Program.
Auxiliary Enterprises 21,083,000 21,083,000
Restricted Funds 5,542,000 5,542,000
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF28,186,242
Federal and Other Funds90,166,026
Total North Alabama, University of, Board of Trustees28,186,24290,166,026118,352,268
South Alabama, University of, Board of Trustees:
Operations and Maintenance and Program Support 104,284,718 174,441,540 278,726,258
Of the above appropriation, $50,000 shall be expended for the School of Banking.
Auxiliary Enterprises 30,506,000 30,506,000
Restricted Funds 62,875,000 62,875,000
University of South Alabama - Cancer Center 3,000,000 3,000,000
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF107,284,718
Federal and Other Funds267,822,540
Total South Alabama, University of, Board of Trustees107,284,718267,822,540375,107,258
Troy University, Board of Trustees:
Operations and Maintenance and Program Support 49,303,360 164,950,499 214,253,859
Of the above appropriation, $250,000 shall be expended for the Agriculture Center Board.
Auxiliary Enterprises 20,467,154 20,467,154
Restricted Funds 6,408,319 6,408,319
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF49,303,360
Federal and Other Funds191,825,972
Total Troy University, Board of Trustees49,303,360191,825,972241,129,332
West Alabama, University of, Board of Trustees:
Operations and Maintenance and Program Support 16,146,820 18,992,996 35,139,816
Of the above appropriation, $50,000 shall be expended for National Young Farmers; $400,000 shall be expended for the Workforce Development and Training Center; and $250,000 shall be expended for the Blackbelt Teaching Initiative.
Auxiliary Enterprises 6,270,119 6,270,119
Restricted Funds 651,566 651,566
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF16,146,820
Federal and Local Funds25,914,681
Total West Alabama, University of, Board of Trustees16,146,82025,914,68142,061,501
Alabama Innovation Fund:
Alabama Innovation Fund:
Alabama Innovation Fund 2,420,133 2,420,133
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF2,420,133
Total Alabama Innovation Fund2,420,1332,420,133
The above appropriation shall be used for economic development and research purposes recommended by the Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce and approved by the Governor. The Secretary of the Department of Commerce shall notify the Chairs of the House Ways and Means-Education Committee and the Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee in writing at least 10 days prior to the disbursement of any funds. Such notification shall include the project description and the amount to be disbursed. Of the above appropriation, $1,000,000 shall be allocated for the Neurological Research Project; $500,000 shall be allocated for the Southern Research Institute; and $500,000 shall be allocated for the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology.
Other:
Deaf and Blind, Alabama Institute for, Board of Trustees:
Adult Programs 12,953,242 5,276,334 18,229,576
Of the above appropriation, $10,000 shall be expended for the Birmingham Regional Office.
Children and Youth Programs 32,224,051 2,546,346 34,770,397
Industries for the Blind 8,576,953 22,721,824 31,298,777
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF53,754,246
Federal and Other Funds30,544,504
Total Deaf and Blind, Alabama Institute for, Board of Trustees53,754,24630,544,50484,298,750
Treasurer, State:
PACT Program 62,783,000 62,783,000
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
ETF62,783,000
Total Treasurer, State62,783,00062,783,000

Section 4. In addition to all other appropriations made in this act, there is hereby appropriated from the Education Trust Fund for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, as a first priority, conditioned on the estimated appropriation to the Department of Veterans' Affairs Student Financial Aid Program being less than $91,544,687, the amounts as follows to total the difference between the estimated and actual appropriation to the Department of Veterans' Affairs Student Financial Aid Program: (1) to Other Current Expense in the Foundation Program the amount of $7,000,000, and (2) to the institutions of higher education on a pro rata basis, based on the FY 2018 Education Trust Fund Operations and Maintenance appropriations to institutions of higher education, any balance in the difference between the estimated and actual appropriation to the Department of Veterans' Affairs Student Financial Aid Program and the appropriation in (1) above.

Section 5. In addition to the appropriations herein made, all gifts, grants, contributions, insurance proceeds or entitlements, in excess of the amount carried in this act, including grants by the Congress of the United States, municipalities or counties, to any department, division, board, bureau, commission, agency, institution, office or officer of the State of Alabama are hereby appropriated and, in the event the same are recurring, are reappropriated to such department, division, board, bureau, commission, agency, institution, office or officer to be used only for the purpose or purposes for which the grant or contribution was or shall be made. Further, all state, county, municipal and educational entities are authorized to disburse such sums as deemed necessary by mutual agreement between said entities and the State of Alabama, Department of Examiners of Public Accounts to partially defray the cost of auditing services performed by said agency. All such sums are hereby appropriated and reappropriated if necessary to the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts for audit services, to be expended through the fund established by Section 41-5-24, Code of Alabama 1975.

Section 6. The State Superintendent of Education shall make requisitions to the State Comptroller in favor of the proper beneficiary in accordance with the law and rules and regulations governing the expenditure or disbursement of any and all funds appropriated to the State Department of Education and/or the State Board of Education in this act, whereupon the Comptroller shall issue his warrant therefor. All other appropriations in this act shall be paid after proper requisitions are made to the State Comptroller in the manner now provided by law.

Section 7. Nothing in this act shall be construed to affect or repeal any law authorizing or permitting any college, school or other education or eleemosynary institution of the State to receive, collect or disburse any fees, tuitions, charges, sales, endowments, trusts or income therefrom, which are now or may hereafter be authorized to receive, collect or disburse. The receiving college, school or institution shall further maintain separate accounts for such receipts or shall maintain a system of accounting which will show a cash flow of such receipts received under the provision of this appropriation.

Section 8. The appropriations made herein to the departments, boards, offices, commissions, and agencies include the amounts necessary and said departments, boards, offices, commissions, and agencies are hereby directed to make the transfer of funds to the State Personnel Department in the amounts enumerated in the general appropriations act for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018. All agencies and institutions enumerated in this act that receive services from other governmental agencies enumerated in this act or the general appropriations act shall make full payment in a timely manner (as determined by the Department of Finance) for such services.

Section 9. All encumbered balances of a previous fiscal year appropriation other than the exclusions authorized by the Code of Alabama 1975, Section 41-4-93, shall lapse no later than September 30 of the fiscal year immediately following the fiscal year for which the appropriation was made and shall revert to the credit of the Education Trust Fund or earmarked fund from which the appropriation or appropriations were made.

Section 10. Upon certification to the Director of Finance by the State Attorney General that a federal court has ordered the State of Alabama to pay claims, attorney fees, or other costs relating to said court order, funds are hereby appropriated to the affected department, board, bureau, or commission in the amount necessary to satisfy that court order. Such appropriations are in addition to any other appropriation heretofore or hereafter made in this appropriation act. Such appropriations are conditioned upon the availability of funds and a determination by the Director of Finance that other current appropriations are not available for court-ordered payments.

Section 11. For FY 2018, local boards of education may exercise flexibility among line item expenditures, not to create a reduction of earned teacher units and/or local board of education support personnel.

Section 12. The State Superintendent of Education may approve a request by a local board of education for redirecting Other Current Expense funds designated for pass-through calculations to their local Child Nutrition Program if the redirected funds do not prevent the Child Nutrition Program of that local board of education from maintaining a one-month fund balance.

Section 13. The appropriations made herein to the departments, boards, offices, commissions and agencies include the amounts necessary to pay the State Employees' Insurance Board (SEIB). The SEIB rate shall be $930 per month for each full-time employee for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018. The State Employees' Insurance Board will adjust the insurance program wherever appropriate to maintain the aforementioned fixed rate.

Section 14. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this act or any other act, any amount from appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017 to the various state agencies and institutions in this act, except appropriations from the Education Trust Fund, which are unexpended and reverted on September 30, 2017 are hereby reappropriated to the respective state agencies, offices and institutions for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2017.

Section 15. The At-Risk and High Hopes appropriations made to the State Department of Education shall be expended as follows: 40% shall be at the discretion of the State Superintendent of Education and 60% shall be awarded in the form of grants to school systems/entities for activities or programs designed to enhance outcomes for at-risk students. In the awarding of grants, preference will be given to undertakings that will directly impact student achievement and improve performance on state assessments to include remediation for students, after-school and tutorial programs, career/technical programs, character education, enrichment activities, programs that enhance reading and mathematics abilities in students, activities that increase grade-to-grade promotion, career and college readiness and early warning and prevention programs.

In an effort to provide the best and most efficient implementation for intervention and innovation in schools, administration of the grant awards shall be assigned to the Alabama State Department of Education's Division of Administrative and Financial Support with evaluative input from other Alabama State Department of Education advisory personnel, including the State Superintendent of Education, as appropriate. Grants may be awarded any time after July 1st so schools can prepare for the new school year. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Alabama State Department of Education's Division of Administrative and Financial Support shall make every reasonable effort to notify grant recipients of awards by August 1, 2017. No funding will be available until October 1, 2017. Grantees will have no guarantee of funding until October 1, 2017.

Section 16. If any section, paragraph, sentence, clause, provision or portion of this act or all or any portion of the appropriations herein made is held unconstitutional or invalid, it shall not affect any other section, paragraph, sentence, clause, provision or portion of this act or any other appropriation or appropriations or portion thereof hereby made not in and of itself unconstitutional or invalid.

Section 17. All laws or parts of laws, general, special, private or local in conflict with or inconsistent with the provisions of this act are hereby expressly repealed.

Section 18. This act shall become effective on October 1, 2017.


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