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In his remarks, Robinson emphasized that he understood that many teachers feel undervalued and underpaid. But in response to questions from the audience, he expressed doubt salaries will be raised soon. “I wish I could tell you that you’ll get a raise next year,” he said. “Probably won’t happen.” In response to another question, he said there is little he can do to ensure that local school divisions use federal stimulus dollars to keep salaries from slipping further. “At the end of the day, it’s a local issue,” he said.
Earlier, Board members heard from LaTonya Waller, the 2011 Virginia Teacher of the Year. A science teacher and member of the Richmond Education Association, Waller said VEA’s work gives educators the foundation they need to excel with students. “I want to thank you for what you do for them, for me, and for all the teachers I know,” she said. “When I represent you as Teacher of the Year you will always be in my thoughts. You are why teachers feel so supported.”
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