Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley

Gov. Robert Bentley has signed the education budget for the next fiscal year despite his clash with legislative leaders over the lack of a teacher pay raise.

The governor announced his decision at a Friday morning news conference. If Bentley had vetoed the spending plan, he would have had to call legislators back to Montgomery to pass a new budget.

Bentley said he will continue to push for a raise. The governor said he will monitor revenue growth and might call a special session later in the year.

The Republican governor in the last legislative session had sought a 2 percent pay increase for K-12 education employees. The GOP-controlled Alabama Legislature instead approved a budget that puts more money into the employees' health insurance costs but does not include a raise.

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