First Lady of Virginia announces 5% teacher pay raise

As a former educator, Pam Northam said she recognizes the challenges teachers faced amid the pandemic

First Lady of Virginia makes stop in Roanoke
First Lady of Virginia makes stop in Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. – Calling them heroes, the First Lady of Virginia talks pay raises for teachers during a school tour.

On Thursday, First Lady of Virginia Pam Northam toured James Madison Middle School thanking teachers along the way.

As a former educator herself, she recognized the challenges teachers faced during the coronavirus pandemic.

While thanking them for their innovation and patience throughout the year, she announced teachers can expect to see a 5% pay raise soon.

“And when most states are cutting the budgets to the bone we said this is our priority to say thank you to our superhero educators and the amazing school personnel,” she said.

Northam said they have raised teachers’ salaries 10% over the past three years.

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