AL Lawmakers close to approving teacher pay raises

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Lawmakers are nearing final approval of a pay raise for teachers and education employees.

The Alabama Senate on Wednesday voted 30-0 for the increase. The pay raise legislation, and accompanying budget, will now move to the Alabama House of Representatives where lawmakers will decide whether to accept Senate changes.

Teachers and education employees making less than $75,000 annually would get a 4 percent raise. School principals and assistant principals would also get a 4 percent raise. Education employees making more than $75,000 would get a 2 percent raise.

Sen. Arthur Orr, chairman of the Senate education budget committee, said it is the first “true pay raise” for educators since 2008.

Lawmakers in 2013 approved a 2 percent pay raise for teachers, but that was offset by increases in benefit costs.

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