Ala. legislators back new Career-Tech bill

Alabama-legislature

State lawmakers are looking to expand a dual enrollment program that allows high school students to earn college credits in technical fields.

The Montgomery Advertiser (http://on.mgmadv.com/1jnUp1V ) reported Sunday that both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have presented bills to the House Ways and Means Committee to bolster the state’s Career-Technical Dual Enrollment program.

Republican Rep. Mac Buttram, of Cullman, presented a bill that would provide up to $5 million in tax credits to people and businesses who donate to the career tech scholarship fund – which pays for tuition, fees and books.

Democratic Rep. Thomas Jackson, of Thomasville, presented a bill that would allocate an additional $5 million for scholarships.

Gov. Robert Bentley’s proposed 2014-15 budget includes $6 million for the dual enrollment program.

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