Gov. Bentley Approved Education Budget, Does Not Include Teacher Pay Raise
Governor Robert Bentley has signed the education budget -- but it does not include a two percent pay raise for Alabama teachers that he wanted. While some teachers are upset, some lawmakers say it was the right decision. But now the question is... will there be a special session to reconsider the raise?
Governor Bentley says having a special session now wouldn't be the wisest decision -- but he says he's not ruling out calling one for later this year and it would include a dissussion about a pay raise for teachers. Bentley says the money is there to give a raise.
Governor Robert Bentley believes the budget did not pass because legislators adjourned five hours too early on their final meeting day, but he says a teacher pay raise isn't off the table yet. And a special session isn't either.
Senator Dick Brewbaker says Bentley made the right decision. While he believes teachers deserve more money he doesn't see where that money would have come from.
Opp middle school teacher, Alicia Kroher, says she's disappointed the Governor signed the budget and hopes there's enough money to call a special session and to make the pay raise happen...
Governor says he liked everything else about the budget except for excluding the pay raise. He says he hopes to have a decision on whether a special session will be called by late summer.
Here is what the education trust fund includes...
-- More than $9,000 per member for PEEHIP (health insurance).