BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards is getting criticism that he's reneging on a campaign promise to boost Louisiana public school teacher pay.

The Democratic governor didn't include a teacher pay hike in his budget proposal for next year. But Edwards said Tuesday that he remains committed to raising Louisiana's public school teacher salaries to the regional average. 

Edwards campaigned for reelection last year with the support of teacher unions and pledged to raise the pay in a multiyear process. 

The governor and lawmakers gave a $1,000 salary boost to teachers this year, but Edwards isn't proposing another direct pay hike next year. Critics say teachers are furious.

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