Teachers and school employees could get a 2.5% pay raise later this year. Representatives unanimously approved the proposed raise. Representative Craig Ford says educators have had to pay more out of pocket for their health insurance which offset other raises given by the state in the past.
The proposed raise is part of a spending package moving along with the education budget. Education funding has rebounded to pre-recession levels, giving lawmakers an additional $200 million to spend in the proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year.
The pay raise will account for about half of the new spending. The proposed budget would also fund an expansion of the state’s voluntary prekindergarten program.