House budget to include discretionary teacher pay raises

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The House budget plan includes money for a teacher pay raise, but leaves it to the discretion of school districts and requires that half of the money for teacher salaries goes to merit pay raises.

The House, set to release its full budget plan in time for an Appropriations Committee vote next week, released some details of its proposed $20.2 billion education spending plan early.

The education part of the budget will be $1.3 billion or 7 percent higher than last year. House Speaker Will Weatherford and Budget Chairman Seth McKeel are scheduled to discuss the House spending plan Friday morning with reporters.

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