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The largest Education Trust Fund budget in more than a decade — with raises for teachers and increased funding for most education programs — got final legislative approval on Friday.

The House and Senate both agreed to changes to the $7.1 billion education budget, the largest approved by the Legislature since 2008, sending the ETF to Gov. Kay Ivey. If she signs it, the budget will go into effect on Oct. 1. 

“I think we’re clearly heading in a very positive trend right now,” said House Ways and Means Education chair Bill Poole, R-Tuscaloosa, on Friday morning. “This is a very positive budget to address a lot of critical needs in education around the

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