By Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate will debate a proposed education budget that could give teachers their first pay raise in several years.

The $6.3 billion spending plan up for a vote Wednesday will would give a 4 percent raise to education employees making less than $75,000 annually. School principals and assistant principals would also get a 4 percent raise.

Education employees making more than $75,000 would get a 2 percent raise.

Legislators have expressed broad support for a raise this year as money available in the Education Trust Fund has rebounded to nearly pre-recession levels.

Lawmakers in 2013 approved a 2 percent pay raise for teachers, but that was offset by increases in benefit costs. The last pay raise before that came in 2008.

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