MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVA) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed legislation into law Tuesday to raise salaries for teachers and state employees.
She signed Senate Bill 188, to increase teachers' pay. She also signed House Bill 320 to increase state employees' pay.
In her State of the State address, she proposed a 2% pay increase for Alabama’s K-12 and higher education educators, as well as state employees.
Ivey issued the following statement:
“If this pandemic has taught us anything, it reinforced what we already knew – teachers are vital to our student’s learning, and our state employees keep government services operational for the people of Alabama. I am proud to sign this well-deserved pay increase to our educators and state workers. I commend Education Trust Fund chairmen Sen. Arthur Orr and Rep. Bill Poole, General Fund chairmen Sen. Greg Albritton and Rep. Steve Clouse, along with the entire Alabama Legislature for their hard work and for approving this raise. It is both fiscally wise and simply the right thing to do after a hard year.
“As we head into the summer months, and the pandemic continues to ease, we need to do everything we can to support our teachers and educational support staff to ensure that we can fully return to classrooms in the fall. Alabama schools have shown the rest of the nation that it is possible to be safely back in the classroom, while carrying on the important work of providing Alabama’s children a chance for a promising future. I look forward to continually offering my support to ensure that Alabama students remain on track and moving ahead.”