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Ivey to sign Alabama public teacher pay raise legislation

Fourth grade teacher Kelly Brant stands in her classroom as she talks to her students who were...
Fourth grade teacher Kelly Brant stands in her classroom as she talks to her students who were learning remotely Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 at Park Brook Elementary School in Brooklyn Park, Minn. While prekindergarten through second grade students returned for in-person learning, the older elementary students will return to the building for class in February.(Christine T. Nguyen/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)
Updated: Apr. 27, 2021 at 5:23 PM EDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Alabama Legislature approved a two percent teacher pay raise, which now moves to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk for final approval.

The Alabama House approved the bill 100-1 before sending it to the governor, whom a spokesperson said intends to sign it. Rep. Andrew Sorrell, R-Muscle Shoals, voted against the bill.

All K-12 public school teachers, administrators and staff members will receive the raise. Community college staff members also qualify.

State lawmakers Tuesday acknowledged during debate that these teachers deserve a pay raise after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s going to be even more difficult for them when they go back because now they’ve got kids who have gaps, said Rep. Danny Garrett, R-Trussville. “So I think this is well-deserved.”

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