Fairfax teachers ask for federal funds to be spent on raises
Teachers’ salaries have been frozen in the county for two years, and some have been hit by non-salary pay cuts. Now, the teachers are hoping their piece of the Obama administration’s $10 billion education jobs bill can give them a pay boost.
However, the Washington Post reports that some School Board members have reservations about using the one-time federal funds for ongoing expenses, like giving permanent raised to 14,000 teachers.
The plan might not be in the spirit of the bill either, which was intended to save or create 160,000 teaching jobs.
Raises for existing teachers is allowed by the jobs bill, but would create or save few jobs. However, the teachers say there would be other benefits, like improving morale.
The Fairfax County Federation of Teachers President tells the Washington Post that teachers are exhausted, and many have needed to take second and third jobs.
The two unions who represent Fairfax County teachers are requesting a 2 percent cost-of-living raise, beginning in the second half of the school year.
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