Ala. governor seeks 3 years of raises for teachers


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Robert Bentley has set a goal of raising teachers' pay by close to 10 percent over three years.

Bentley has already recommended that the Legislature approve a 2.5 percent cost-of-living raise for the 2013-2014 school year. He says he intends to propose a similar amount for the 2014-2015 school year and another raise for 2015-2016.

Bentley told a group of retired teachers that getting close to 10 percent is reasonable because the state's economy is improving and tax collections for the education budget are picking up.

He has not recommended a raise for state employees paid out of the state General Fund budget. He says that budget is still lagging.

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