AL House approves education budget, teacher raise

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama House of Representatives has unanimously approved an education budget that gives teachers their first pay raise in several years.

The spending plan approved Tuesday would give a 4 percent raise for teachers making less than $75,000 annually.

Representatives approved the budget on a 105-0 vote, sending it to the Alabama Senate for consideration.

Lawmakers in 2013 approved a 2 percent pay raise for teachers, although that was offset by increases in benefit costs. The last raise before that came in 2007.

The budget would also provide money to hire an additional 475 teachers in middle schools and high schools and provide an additional $14 million to the state’s small, pre-K program.

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