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AEA to ask Legislature for teacher pay raises

MONTGOMERY (AP) — The Alabama Education Association is asking for a third statewide pay raise after succeeding in securing pay increases for teachers each of the last two years.

An article in Monday's issue of School Journal says the group wants a "significant" pay raise for teachers and other school employees enacted in next year's legislative session. The exact amount sought was not disclosed.

Jim Wrye, a spokesman for the Montgomery-based teachers union, said officials plan to come up with a more precise figure before the Legislature convenes in March, the Press-Register of Mobile reported Tuesday.

The raise would go into effect during the 2008 fiscal year that begins Sep. 1, 2007.

Alabama teachers received a six percent raise in 2005 and a five percent raise this year. According to the American Federation of Teachers, that has brought the average teacher's pay from $38,300 in 2004 to about $42,600 dollars this year. The national average in 2004, the last year for which the figure was available, was $46,600 in 2004, according to the American Federation of Teachers

Tara Hutchison, spokeswoman for Gov. Bob Riley, told the Press-Register she hadn't seen the article in School Journal and that the governor did not yet have a position on a raise.

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