A state Senate committee in Alabama on Wednesday advanced a proposed $5.5 billion budget that would, among other things, eliminate some teacher jobs, expand class sizes and cut funding for K-12 schools, plus public universities. The budget plan, however, maintains spending at current levels for several programs that have been shown to improve student performance. "It's lean, but we're maintaining the critical and essential parts of education in this state," committee Chairman Sen. Trip Pittman said.

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