Politifact Virginia: VEA claim on teacher salaries

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan – email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - There is no question that teachers have bared some of the burden from state budget cuts.

But in today's Politifact Virginia report we find out if it is as bad as some believe it is.

Kitty Boitnott is the outspoken leader of the Virginia Education Association, a group that supports Virginia teachers. She has been critical of deep cuts to education.

Building that case at a recent press conference, Boitnott made the following claim:

"In fact, many of them are working for less money today than they received three years ago, as a result of pay cuts, furloughs and health insurance premium increases."

While times are tough for teachers, the idea that they are working for less money now then they were three years ago "false" according to the reporters of Politifact Virginia.

Here's why. Yes, the state has not increased teacher salaries in three years, but the state is only part of where teachers get their money.

Local school boards also kick in cash.

In fact 126 of the 132 school districts have bumped teacher salaries in the past three years.

According to the Department of Education reports that teacher's salaries have gone up an average of almost 4 percent since 2008-09.

Politifact Virginia reporter Danny Finnegan says, Boitnott just went a little too far.

"Had she said two years she would've been right and there is a really strong case to be made that and if you read the article you would see that but she overstated the case for the VEA," said Danny Finnegan of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

You can see all the information behind this week's Politifact Virginia report on their web site, www.politifactvirginia.com.

And you can see all our past reports on my political blog, www.decisionvirginia.com.

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