The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 9, 2013

House panel OKs $5.7 billion education budget


Associated Press

— The Alabama House Ways and Means-Education Committee has approved a $5.74 billion education budget that includes a contentious proposal for the state to pay $5 million for liability insurance for teachers.

The Alabama Education Association currently provides liability insurance for AEA members. Some Democrats claimed that members of the Republican majority are trying to put the teacher's union out of business. But the chairman of the committee, Republican Rep. Jay Love of Birmingham, said teachers who are not members of AEA currently do not have access to liability insurance.

The budget provides a 2 percent raise for teachers and other education employees. That's a reduction from the 2 .5 percent raise suggested by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley. Love says the full House would take up the education budget Wednesday.