Schools chief to seek raises for K-12 employees

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's state schools superintendent says he will seek raises for K-12 employees in the budget lawmakers are to begin debating in February.

Alabama Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice told members of the state board of education that the employees haven't received a raise or cost of living adjustment in four years.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/PdiGUZ) that Bice's proposed working budget for the 2013-14 year that begins Oct. 1, 2013, contains money for a raise of about 1 percent.

Bice's declaration follows Gov. Robert Bentley's announcement last week that he'll consider raises for teachers and support personnel.

"It's up to the governor," Bice said.

On Thursday, Bentley repeated his support for pay increases.

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Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com



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