Sunday, June 26, 2022

Proposed schools budget would target teacher salaries

Superintendent says additional funding is needed to combat 'teacher pay crisis'

Superintendent Merv Daugherty

As school leaders begin to make their case for an additional $100 million in funding, Superintendent Merv Daugherty is taking aim at a growing problem: teacher retention. According to school officials, Chesterfield County Public Schools has lost about 35 percent of its teacher workforce within the past five years, and pay is one of the primary reasons.

To combat what he calls a “teacher pay crisis,” a large chunk of Daugherty’s proposed budget, $36.5 million, would fund raises for all school system employees. In a press briefing on Jan. 21, Daugherty explained that he is attempting to increase both starting...

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