Budget vote Wednesday includes teacher pay raises - WRBL

Budget vote Wednesday includes teacher pay raises

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama House committee is expected to vote Wednesday on a proposed $5.735 billion education budget that would give teachers and other school workers their first pay raise since 2008.

The House Ways and Means Education Committee was briefed Tuesday on the proposed budget. Committee chairman Republican Rep Jay Love of Montgomery says he expected the panel to vote Wednesday on the proposed spending plan.

The proposed budget considered by the committee is less than the $5.825 billion education budget proposed by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley.

Most agencies received close to the same funding as they received for the current fiscal year. The budget cuts about $10 million in funding from the Alabama Reading Initiative, a program to help make sure that Alabama students are reading at grade level.

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