Alabama Department of Education Superintendent Tommy Bice says he will propose raising teacher salaries over the next three years.
Bice said yesterday his department would recommend raising teachers' salaries 5 percent in fiscal year 2017, which begins next October.
The state government will have the final word on public school spending next year. According to the department, the raise would cost $160 million.
Bice says he will seek additional raises in 2018 and 2019, with the goal of bringing teacher salaries in line with inflation.