MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) - In a news conference Friday morning, Governor Robert Bentley announced that he signed the education budget for the next fiscal year even though the proposed plan did not include his call for a two percent pay raise for teachers.
According to the governor, the call for a special session remains possible but is "unwise" due to cost and legislature attitude.
Bentley said he will continue to push for a raise increase for teachers. Bentley released this statement in a news release on his website:
"I am disappointed that the Legislature decided not to provide a pay raise for our hard working teachers and support personnel. It is clear to me that the Legislature has no intention of passing a pay raise for teachers and support personnel at this time. Therefore, I will not call a Special Session right now. However, I will keep a close watch on incoming revenues over the next few months, and will consider asking the Legislature to support a mid-year pay raise for teachers and support personnel if the revenues are there to support it.
"I appreciate the Legislature's support to fully fund PEEHIP, so that no teacher or support personnel will have to pay out of pocket for their health insurance benefits. I appreciate their hard work and cooperation with me in that effort. The FY2015 Education Trust Fund Budget is a good budget and supports many important programs and initiatives that prepare students for success, many of which I called for in my State of the State address."