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Report: VA Teacher Pay Slip-Sliding Away

December 12, 2007

Richmond, VA – Salaries are "slip-sliding away" from the Virginia public school teachers who are earning them. A new report by the National Education Association shows that Virginia educators have actually seen their paychecks shrink when adjusted for inflation.

Virginia Education Association President Princess Moss says the report shows why it's been difficult to keep an eye on the goal of recruiting and retaining the best teachers.

"In order to do that, we have to pay competitive salaries and offer competitive benefits, and Virginia's slipping."

Virginia teachers earn about $6,000 less than the national average, coming in at 31st on the list of states' teacher pay. Moss says, compared to other professions, it doesn't make sense.

"That's a shame, since we are seventh or eighth in the nation when it comes to per-capita income. Virginia can do better."

Moss points to Virginia public school students' high scores -- consistently "Top Ten" in reading and math achievement, as well as SAT results. She believes teachers should be rewarded for their contribution to those results.

Find out how Virginia fared compared to other states from the full report, which is available online at

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - VA