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Statement From Representative Craig Ford on Sen. Phil Williams’ Proposal for a 2.5% Pay Raise for Teachers with Less Than Nine Years of Employment

Craig Ford

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From the Office of Representative Craig Ford

“This proposal may be one of the most absurd things Phil Williams and the Republican Supermajority have ever tried to pull. How in the world does he justify giving a pay raise to only 37% of the teachers in our state? He doesn’t even want to give the raise based on merit or years of service. And how did he come up with nine years? Is he getting his policies from Herman Cain?

“The truth is that there is only one reason for this lopsided pay raise proposal: to divide teachers and get them fighting amongst themselves. I was a tank commander in the Army, and I know a classic divide and conquer strategy when I see one. This proposal is a slap in the face to every educator in the state of Alabama. It is disrespectful, and an insult to teachers’ intelligence.

For more information on Sen. Williams pay raise proposal, visit http://www.williamsstatesenate.com/category/legislation/ and scroll down to the “Budget” section, and see the subsection on the “Education Fund.”

Representative Ford is a Democrat from Gadsden.  He has served in the Alabama House of Representatives since 2000. In 2010, Representative Ford was elected Minority Leader of the state House of Representatives by the House Democratic Caucus.

Rep. Craig Ford is an Independent who represents Gadsden and Etowah County in the Alabama House of Representatives. He served as the House Minority Leader from 2010-2016.

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