The Alabama House of Representatives voted unanimously yesterday to approve an education budget that gives teachers their first pay raise in several years.
The spending plan would give a 4 percent raise to teachers making less than $75,000 annually, and a 2 percent raise to all other teachers in the state.
All 105 state representatives approved the budget, sending it to the Alabama Senate for consideration.
In 2013, lawmakers approved a 2 percent pay raise for teachers, but that was offset by increases in benefit costs. The last raise before that came in 2007.