Teacher Pay Raises Take Another Hit

Teacher Pay Raises Take Another Hit

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama -     The chance of Alabama teachers getting pay raises or bonuses is not looking good. This morning in Montgomery, a house committee approved an education budget without teacher raises or bonuses. The budget does include more money for teachers' health insurance. The vote was 10-4. 
    The spending plan strips away a one-time 1 percent bonus for public education employees approved by the Alabama Senate.
    House Minority Leader Craig Ford called the budget a travesty. He said teachers have gone years without raises while being asked to pay more for health insurance and retirement benefits. 
    Chairman Rep. Bill Poole, R-Tuscaloosa, said lawmakers want to put more money into insurance to try to avoid large premium increases for employees.
    Alabama Governor Robert Bentley included a 2 percent raise in his initial budget sent to lawmakers. Governor Bentley says he will not sign an education budget without the raise.

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