Senate committee recommends boosting teacher pay

(The Center Square) — The Virginia Senate Education and Health Committee recommends legislation to boost teacher pay, following the committee’s first meeting of the 2024 legislative session.

SB 104, sponsored by longtime senator and committee member Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, would deeply impact teachers’ livelihoods in the commonwealth and require an ongoing commitment from the state. It seeks to raise Virginia teachers’ salaries to at or above the national average. 

Sen. Jennifer Boysko, D-Fairfax, spoke up in favor of the bill. “I have constituents in my community who are teachers working to sell donuts on the weekend just to make their mortgage. Other teachers who are working at the local car dealership on the weekends and the nights. This is a very welcomed bill,” Boysko said.

Representatives from the Virginia Education Association, The Commonwealth Institute and the Virginia Professional Educators testified briefly in support of the bill.

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