Education budget still being debated
Although there appears to be consensus for teachers to receive a 2 percent raise, legislators worry that other aspects of the proposed education budget could lead to time-draining disagreements if they go to a conference committee.
So instead, with time running out in the 2013 regular session, lawmakers are attempting to hammer out an agreement on the $5.8 billion education budget while avoiding a conference committee. The chairs of the House and Senate education budget committees said Thursday they hope to have an agreement by early next week.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said he expects the final budget to include a 2 percent pay raise for teachers and education support personnel.
“I think the will of the body right now is to keep it in the 2 percent range,” Marsh said Thursday. “I would be surprised to see it different.” More…
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