The House Education Committee voted Monday to amend Senate Bill 2770, sending it forward to the House Appropriations Committee for more debate.
Senators had proposed paying the raise — $500 a year for two years — in the form of a once-yearly bonus. The House committee changed the bill to distribute the raise evenly across all a teacher’s paychecks.
The package is projected to cost more than $100 million over two years, but some teachers and lawmakers have derided it as paltry.
Education Committee Chairman Richard Bennett, a Long Beach Republican, says it remains possible that lawmakers could settle on a different amount, depending on how much money is estimated to be available.