A House committee has approved an education budget that would give most of the state’s teachers a 4% pay raise.
Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee unanimously approved a $6.3 billion spending plan for 2017.
The 4% raise would go to teachers making less than $75,000 annually. Others would get a 2% raise.
The budget would also provide funding to hire an additional 475 teachers in 7th through 12th grades.
Budget Chairman Bill Poole of Tuscaloosa says the budget makes the best use of the state's finite resources.