Lawmakers give final approval to education budget, raise
The Alabama Legislature has given final approval to the education budget and a four percent pay raise for teachers.
The House of Representatives and state Senate on Thursday approved conference committee reports on the legislation. The two bills now go to Gov. Robert Bentley for his signature.
Bentley praised the passage of the bills, saying state leaders are sending a message of support, "to our invaluable teachers and other support staff."
Senate budget chairman Arthur Orr said this will be educators' first "real raise" since 2008. A 2013 pay increase was offset by increases in benefit costs.
Teachers and education employees making less than $75,000 annually would get a four percent raise. Education employees making more than $75,000 would get a two percent raise.
Copyright © 2016 Gray MidAmerica TV Interactive Media, LLC.