Gov. Bentley signs 2015 education budget; opens door for special session on teacher pay

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Gov. Robert Bentley Friday morning signed the 2015 education budget, passed by the Alabama Legislature last week after a struggle between the Governor and legislative leaders over a teacher pay raise. The budget does not include the two percent wage increase Bentley sought. However, the Governor said Friday he reserved the right to call the [...]

Gov. Robert Bentley to announce decision on education budget

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Gov. Robert Bentley will announce Friday morning whether he will sign or veto the 2015 education budget, which includes increased funding for teacher insurance, but no pay raises for education employees. The Governor is scheduled to make his announcement at 9 a.m. Friday, according to spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis. If Bentley signs the $5.9 billion Education [...]

Gov. Robert Bentley still seeking teacher pay raise; budget chairman skeptical

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Having apparently gotten full funding of teacher insurance, Gov. Robert Bentley now wants a two percent teacher pay raise, his other major priority for the Education Trust Fund budget, to pass the Legislature. Whether that will happen is an open question. One of the Legislature’s budget chairmen Monday expressed skepticism about the possibility of a [...]

Gov. Robert Bentley, lawmakers reach agreement on education budget

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Gov. Robert Bentley and lawmakers Friday afternoon said they had reached a compromise on funding teacher insurance in 2015, which could clear the way toward passage of the education budget. The agreement reached between Bentley and the House and Senate budget chairs would raise the state’s share of individual coverage under the Public Education Employees [...]

Gov. Robert Bentley calls for vote on teacher pay raise

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Gov. Robert Bentley Thursday called for an up-or-down vote on a two percent pay raise for teachers, saying there was enough money available to do that and fully fund teachers’ insurance. The remarks, a variation of comments Bentley made Wednesday after a House committee approved a $5.93 billion 2015 education budget without pay raises, sets [...]