A House committee has approved an education budget aimed at giving teachers more money for their health insurance instead of a raise or bonus.
The House Ways and Means - Education Committee voted 10-4 for the budget Wednesday morning.
The spending plan strips away a one-time 1 percent bonus for public education employees approved by the Alabama Senate.
The chairman of a Senate education budget committee says a raise for school employees appears unlikely in the fiscal year that begins next October.
Chairman Trip Pittman said Tuesday repaying the education budget's debt to the state Rainy Day Fund is a priority for fiscal 2015 because it's required by state law.
Pittman says debt and other obligations, including increased health insurance costs, will likely use up extra money in the fiscal 2015 budget.