Thousands expected at Education Rally in Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – Thousands of teachers, school employees and their supporters are expected to march in the annual Education Rally in Richmond on Monday.

Some teachers say they are disappointed in a budget proposal by Governor Ralph Northam.

After they received a five percent salary increase from the state last year, his proposed budget would give them no increase from the state next school year.

According to the National Education Foundation, Virginia ranked 32nd in the country for teacher salaries in 2019, which is too little, say many teachers, in some parts of the state.

“We should be able to have one profession that we focus on, so that our students have our very best and we don’t come in tired.”

Carla Okouchi, Fairfax County Music Teacher

The Virginia Legislature can still make changes to Northam’s budget before it is passed, giving some teachers hope of a raise this year, as well as increased funding.

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