- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Legislators are sending the education budget bill, and an accompany pay raise for teachers, to a conference committee.

Members of the House of Representatives voted for the move Wednesday to hash out the small differences between the House and Senate.

The budget is expected to give teachers and school employees their first true raise since 2008.

Teachers and education employees making less than $75,000 annually would get a 4 percent raise, under the bill passed by the House and Senate. Education employees making more than $75,000 would get a 2 percent raise. Senators also voted to give a 4 percent raise to school principals and assistant principals.

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

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