Legislature Approves Education Budget Without Teacher Pay Raise
The Alabama house has approved an education budget that does not include a teacher's pay raise.
Instead, teachers would gain more money for insurance.
Proponents of the bill say that this may help avoid large premium increases for current and retired education employees.
Governor Robert Bentley and Democrats both say teachers deserve a pay raise after going several years without one.
The $5,900,000,000 budget was approved in a close 51 to 47 vote.
The proposal will now go back to the senate.
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